Many people select organic horticulture to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Also, many organic gardening techniques are quite inexpensive. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
You don’t need expensive chemicals to treat powdery mildew on plants. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. As time goes by, slowly increase the time they spent outdoors. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
When horticulture, be sure to look closely for stink bug infestation, especially during Autumn. They like fruits, as well as peppers, beans and tomatoes. If you don’t treat them, they can do a lot of damage in your garden.
Start your peas in a protected indoors environment rather than outside. The seeds will have a better germination rate if you start them indoors. It will create heartier seedlings, which means they will more easily resist the pests and diseases they will encounter in an outdoor environment. The seedlings can then be transplanted outside after becoming strong enough to withstand the elements.
When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too far down. If you leave your grass a bit longer, the roots can grow deeper. This results in a lawn that is stronger and less likely to dry out. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to add acidity to your soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons. Chamomile tea is a natural way to rid your plants of a persistent fungus.
To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Purchase a great pair of knee pads; they will provide a cushion for your knees while making horticulture more comfortable.
Heather is a magnet for friendly insects. Heather will attract bees early in the spring as well as other beneficial insects. Heather doesn’t usually require a lot of tending, so spiders, ground beetles and other good bugs like to call it home. Keep this in mind and always wear gloves when you prune your heather!
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.
Strawberries are a great plant to grow in any organic garden, especially if you happen to have kids or any strawberry lover in your home. Children love to snap up these sweet juicy fruits for themselves and will be much more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.