Successful organic horticulture requires the use of some particular methods and techniques. You can build your garden as soon as you do some basic fundamental research.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Take the time to remove weeds. Weeds can truly ruin a good garden. White vinegar can be used as a natural herbicide. White vinegar can kill weeds! Putting white vinegar on your plants gets rid of much of the need to pull out the weeds.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, clematis, and jasmine are some great plants to try out.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Transfer your favorite plants inside so they survive the winter. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Place a few inches of organically based mulch around your vegetable plants. Mulch keeps soil moist for longer periods of time. It also prevents weed growth. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also. Bugs that provide a benefit to your garden are more easily killed by these broad-spectrum pesticides, you may simply end up with a bigger pest problem. This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the problem.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
Water your garden carefully. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Just use it on your foliage for a few hours.
The best gardens from an environmental standpoint originate from seeds, instead of plants. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. The problem is those plastic trays which end up in landfills and are not generally recycled. Plants in organic packagingn or seeds sown in your garden, are fine .
If you want to maximize your success at organic gardening, you need to learn as much as you can about how to garden. Use the tips provided here for organic gardening.
If you plan on growing peas, you should consider starting them indoors instead of beginning them outside. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. When your plants are sturdy, move them outdoors.