Many people turn to organic horticulture because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. To begin your journey into the world of organic horticulture, follow these tips.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. Various bulbs do not all bloom at the same time, and if you employ this knowledge wisely, your garden can provide freshly blooming flowers for half the year.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil. Herbal chamomile tea is an effective, affordable treatment for fighting fungi.
Protect cuts from dirt and chemicals, and think about staying away from horticulture until they heal. A cut may become badly infected if it’s exposed to a lot of dirt or grime when you garden. These days, bandages are available that can totally seal the cut.
Easily and quickly prepare your ground for a garden of perennials. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep. Wait two weeks or so, and then you are ready to jump right in with digging and planting.
When you sow seeds in your garden, try not to rush the process. Start first by moisturizing your soil. Next, you should spread the seeds evenly so they can grow with room. Bury them at a depth that is three times that of the height of the seeds. There are some seeds that require light to grow, so they must not be buried.
Pine can make a great mulch. There are some plants that thrive in acidic soil. For these types of plants, pine needles are wonderful for mulching. Cover your beds with the needles, as they will decompose and disperse their acid throughout the soil.
Be sure your new compost pile contains roughly the same proportion of dried and green plants. Grass clippings, vegetable and fruit leftovers, and grass clippings are all examples of green plant material. Dried material includes straw, shredded paper, and cardboard. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
Adopting organic horticulture methods may take more effort than traditional approaches, but the payoff is considerably worth it. Chemical giants claim miracles, but those miracle crops come at a price to whoever eats the produce.
Add mulch for healthy soil. Mulch will protect the soil it covers. The roots of your garden are less likely to become overheated on hot days. It greatly reduces water loss, keeping the soil moist with fewer waterings. This can also help control any weeds.
Over-watering your plants can be harmful, because roots that are drowning in water cannot effectively pull nutrients out of the soil. Only water as necessary when there is no rain in the forecast, or for plants which need extra watering. If a downpour is coming, you may want to forgo watering your plants that day.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.
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