You are finally ready to try organic horticulture. Your timing could not be better. Keep reading for tips any beginner will find useful.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
If you are going to be doing some horticulture, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! Fruits, peppers and tomatoes are among the foods they love to eat. If you don’t take care of them, they can decimate your garden, so it’s best to do all you can to get rid of them.
Vegetables in a garden need to have at least six hours of sun every day in order to thrive. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. This also rings true for some of the flowers.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. Using coffee grounds is a less expensive way to make your soil more acidic than trying to replace your topsoil. By amending your soils, you will help your plants grow and flourish.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. This will assist you in recognizing your tiny plants when they start to pop up. A good plan can also help you to place each plant in the area that is most beneficial to them.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. A common parasite to plants is fungi. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. It can also prevent weeds from growing. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce berries. These plants will look good year-round, even during the winter, when your other plants have lost their bloom. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Be sure to buy a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool that you can use for your garden. Horticulture can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Gardeners usually need a wheelbarrow to move the heavy dirt and other objects so they are a good item to buy.
Now you should be much more prepared when it comes to organic horticulture. If you were under the impression you were good at organic gardening before, you should now feel like an expert! These tips should have helped you get started growing a lovely organic garden.