Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Organic gardening is also cheaper; you don’t have to spend as much money on tools and equipment. To begin your journey into the world of organic horticulture, follow these tips.
Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
Be sure to get rid of the weeds growing in your garden. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. White vinegar is one option you can use in your routine weed removal. Yes, white vinegar actually kills weeds! So, if weed pulling is tiring you out, spray a white vinegar solution all over them.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. That’s why it’s better to place mint in containers rather than letting it have free rein in your garden. You can simply put the container below the soil level. Once you do, the container will constrain the roots, preventing them from overshadowing all of your other plants.
Try dividing the irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. If you find any dead irises in your garden, immediately pull up the bulbs. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Wood ash, when used as mulch, can help keep insects away from trees and shrubs. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Protect yourself and follow all instructions.
Horticulture should be a relaxing activity. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. One of the greatest such methods is the art of horticulture. There are numerous returns based on a very small monetary investment. The most important reward, however, is the sense of accomplishment you experience when your plants mature.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.