There’s a lot more to horticulture than most people realize. There are so many things to consider, such as proper pH balance, natural but effective pesticides, adequate sunlight and water supplies and so on. It can be hard for a rookie to grow organic. Keep reading to find out how the professionals do it.
A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. You will then be able to lessen the time between planting your seeds. Using this method, you can remove the mature plants, then put the seedlings in their places.
For proper optimum growth, plants require sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). With a high level of CO2 plants will grow much better. Greenhouses help contain C02 to keep levels high. In this environment, the CO2 levels are kept high so the plants can experience optimal growing conditions.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. This can cause enough damage to the roots of any plant to kill it.
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. You might end up damaging your plants or getting a skin irritation. Wear protective gear, and use the products as directed.
If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. While chemicals can help with pest control, you should avoid using overly harsh ones, as veggies you grow in your garden are meant for eating. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. If you catch pests early, you can remove them by hand effectively.
The warmth of the day can make vegetables soft, making them more prone to damage as you pick them. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.
In order to bring in good insects to your garden, you need to plant heather. Heather attracts bees, and when they come out in the spring, this provides an early nectar source. Beds of heather are largely undisturbed and make a perfect living space for spiders, beetles and a variety of other beneficial tenants. If you do have to tend to your heather, wear gloves in case you accidentally annoy one of the residents!
If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. You will see many of the birds and insects that are present will assist in pollination and plant production, helping to create a much better garden.
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. Use a spade to dig into the turf, turn the turf over, then spread the area with approximately three inches of wood chips. Allow the newly turned soil to sit for two weeks, then plant your perennials.
Learn to work efficiently. By having your tools in one location, you will not spend hours looking for them. Prepare all the tools you need before you go out to work on your garden, and put them away nicely when you are done. One way to keep your tools handy is to use a belt especially designed to hold them. An alternative is to wear a garment with multiple pockets that are big enough to hold your more commonly used tools.
Add used coffee grounds to your garden soil. Coffee grounds are full of nitrogenous nutrients that growing plants need. Usually, nitrogen is limited with a plant, but using coffee grounds, diluted urea, or compost can make your plants grow faster and taller.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.