In the world of organic horticulture, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Throughout the week, gradually increase the time they are spent outside. After a week’s time, the plants should be fine staying outside.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within 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 require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. Weeds can kill a precious garden. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. White vinegar is natural, very inexpensive, and can really kill the weeds! If you are too busy to pull weeds by hand, make a white vinegar solution and keep it handy for a quick spray when needed.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. You can also prevent yourself from losing small plants within a large garden.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Plant moisture is a big attraction to both parasites and plant diseases. An example of a common plant parasite is fungi. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
Now you know a little more on how you can be a successful organic gardener. This is a field of endeavor where a wealth of useful information exists, and you have to delve into this knowledge. You can use whatever information you find useful when you create your own beautiful organic garden.