The popularity of holistic living is increasing in the wake of the growth of organic trends. Those involved in this kind of living often like to grown their own organic gardens as a means to maximize the potential health benefits. Read on to glean some new organic ideas in the following article.
You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Weeds can kill a precious garden. To help with weed destruction, use white vinegar. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. If you don’t want to take the time to remove the weeds by hand, simply spray them with a white vinegar solution.
For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. Since bulbs are easy to grow and resistant to poor weather conditions, they will grow without fail year after year. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Split up irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. Replant right away.
Think about adding some berry-producing evergreens to your landscaping. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. These helpful bugs are usually more sensitive to the chemicals than the pests, so if you find yourself in a situation where the good bugs are dying out, you can expect the pest problem to grow. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
To keep dogs from disturbing your garden, spray some old aftershave, cologne, perfume or other strongly-scented products in the dirt or grass surrounding it. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
A mixture of aspirin and water can help your ailing plants. To add the aspirin to the plant, dissolve about one tablet and a half into approximately two gallons of fresh water. Spray this mixture onto your plants. Apply at three week intervals.
The more you know about organic gardening, the easier your horticulture will be. There is a lot more to learn about organic horticulture.