Successful organic horticulture requires the use of some particular methods and techniques. All it takes is a little research, and some strategic implementation.
Transform your horticulture tool handles into clever measurement rulers. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. Now when you go garden the next time, you’ll have a giant ruler at your command.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Moisture can be a magnet for disease and parasites on your plants. Fungi is a common problem in the world of plants. Be sure to prevent the growth of fungus with a spray that will inhibit their growth.
Be sure to split the irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. Mulch is used to keep extra moisture and provide nutrients for your plants. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. This will save you having to constantly pull weeds.
Make sure that you wear appropriate clothing when you garden so as to avoid any sun damage. Try wearing a large sunhat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and use sunscreen on any exposed skin. When you protect yourself against the sun’s rays, you are more likely to avoid both skin cancer and sunburn.
Young children will love it if you plant strawberries that bear continually, and organic gardens are the perfect place to do it. Small kids enjoy picking fruit themselves out of a garden. Because of this, they’ll be more likely to provide you with some assistance in your garden if they feel like they’re receiving something out of this.
Anybody can grow a garden, but those who bother to understand what they’re doing will be the only ones to reap rich rewards from their crop. Put these organic gardening tips to use.