Organic horticulture can either be a wonderful hobby, or a nuisance nightmare. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find suggestions that will help you improve your organic gardening skills.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. The soil that is already in your garden might need amending, depending on the particular plants that you want to grow. It is also possible to create individual areas with one specific soil type.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. After you have finished this, you will be ready to start planting.
Grow wheat or cat grass in the area around the plants that your cat is eating. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Many types of veggies require this amount in order to thrive and produce the food source that you are hoping for. This is true of some flowers.
If your soil has high alkaline amounts, mix some coffee grounds into it. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. The mulch will help keep the dirt around the plants more moist. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. This will save you tons of time from pulling out tons of weeds.
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to strong pesticides than the insects you are actually trying to get rid of. This will lead you to end up killing off the good bugs in your garden, leaving the field wide open for the harmful ones. As a result, gardeners often have to resort to using more toxic pesticides to get rid of garden pests.
As you can see, there is a lot more to organic gardening than most people think. While it does take hard work and patience, a wonderful organic garden will be the end result and that will always be worth the effort. By using the advice you learned here, you will be well on the path to becoming an organic gardening pro.