Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. If you are unfamiliar with horticulture in general, or the specifics of organic horticulture, the process may be daunting. What is important to know about gardening for a beginner? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. Throughout the week, gradually increase the time they are spent outside. The plants should be prepared to move outside permanently at the end of this week.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. White vinegar can be a good solution. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.
Get some horticulture knee pads if you find yourself kneeling on the ground a lot to do your gardening. Horticulture is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don’t want to finish every gardening session with aching, throbbing knees. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you’ll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.
Start your peas in a protected indoors environment rather than outside. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Kids are quite eager to pick fruit from a garden, and will help with the planting if they get a nice snack out of it at the end.
Before planting your favorite perennials, you must first prepare the ground. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.
Now you can see how organic gardening is so enjoyable. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.