There are many different reasons for adopting organic horticulture methods. For example, some people prefer to use organic gardening to cultivate edibles for the dinner table. However, you should be aware that organic horticulture is hard work. You probably have many questions about how to accomplish your horticulture goals.
Plant seeds in pots that have a rich soil to give them a strong start. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. The healthier the plants you grow, the more resistant they’ll be to illness, fungus, or bugs. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Keep the weeds out of your garden by removing them regularly. Weeds can turn a beautiful garden into an eyesore. A clever way to accomplish this is with the help of some white vinegar. White vinegar can kill weeds! Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem.
Do not mow your lawn too short. When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. Cutting your grass too short will cause it to dry out and turn brown in patches throughout your yard.
It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for horticulture. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. A set of quality knee pads designed for horticulture can be a world of relief for your central leg joints.
Be sure to split the irises. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Many people think the best green gardens start from seeds, rather than plants. As a green-friendly gardener, you always want to use seeds to start your new plot. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Another way to help them grow is by watering them with the liquid that is left from cooking vegetables. Add coffee grounds or tea leaves to the soil of acid-loving plants like rhododendron and gardenia. Spray your plants with a 9:1 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide to eliminate fungus without harming your plants.
In conclusion, creating and maintaining an organic garden requires hard work, effort and research. It is also true that in order to see results, that you have to keep at it. By using the above tips, you will have a marvelous organic garden in no time.