You are finally ready to try organic horticulture. This is the perfect time. The tips below can help you begin your organic garden.
The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
In a place that’s dark, pre-soak the seeds. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. The idea here is for your seeds to become fully hydrated by the time they hit the dirt. This way, the seeds will have a much better shot at survival once they are planted.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. You might end up losing small plants in a large area, because you did not water them.
Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
Do you love fresh mint leaves but hate how they quickly grow to take over your garden? Control their expansion by confining them to a large pot. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. If you decide to use manure, which is great for your plants, choose a pathogen free commercial product. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. When this happens, you will spray another round of pesticides to get rid of the pests, thus creating a never-ending cycle for yourself.
Hopefully these tips have helped to prepare you for having an organic garden. If you thought you were prepared previously, then you should be at a pro’s level now! These tips will have hopefully given you the tips you need to grow a organic garden.