Organic horticulture can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity in which anyone can participate. That said, beginners often find it hard to get comfortable with the rhythms of organic gardening. How can you begin to learn about organic horticulture? Start by reading the advice in this article.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. These types of flowers grow at high speed, which gives you more flexibility in changing the look of your flower beds as the seasons change. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Carefully plan your garden first. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.
As the weather turns colder, it is important to prepare your sensitive shrubs for the change. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
Do you ever wish that your fresh mint leaves would not grow as quickly and overcome your garden? Control their expansion by confining them to a large pot. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
Think about adding some berry-producing evergreens to your landscaping. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.
An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. It is also possible to utilize coffee ground or tea to make the soil more acidic for gardenias, rhododendrons and other plants that prefer acidic soil. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
You can attract the insects you need by planting heather. Bees love heather, and it is a favorite stop when they emerge in early spring.
Spiders, ground beetles and other insects helpful to your garden tend to live in a heather bed, because heather beds are generally undisturbed. If you do have to tend to your heather, wear gloves in case you accidentally annoy one of the residents!
An English garden mixes plants of various kinds and sizes close together, which helps to give it a more multi-dimensional feel. A uniform and flat bed is created by using plants that are the same height.
Aspirin water will strengthen your plants against diseases. Try dissolving around one and one half aspirins into around 2 gallons of water for your plants. All you have to do is spray the plants with this solution and you should see good results. Your plants should be sprayed one time each three weeks.
Now you can see how organic gardening is so enjoyable. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. With these tips in mind, you can start growing like a pro!