While organic horticulture is a wonderful way to relax, it can also be a source of stress. Read this article to find out more about this activity.
Choose plant strains that will give you the best harvest with the biggest yield. Frequently, a hybrid that is able to deal with extreme temperatures will bring higher yields than the more traditional variety of a plant.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. The seeds will be better able to survive and grow up.
Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. If you leave more height to your grass, the roots will grow deeper into the soil, making the lawn stronger and more resistant to drying out. If you have short grass, you will have short roots and you will dry out your grass.
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. The coffee grounds are a very inexpensive way to add acid back into the dirt. This solution will make the vegetables you grow healthier and more flavorful.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Divide irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Make sure to fertilize your garden. Composted manure is effective in raising healthy plants, and commercial fertilizer products are safer and more convenient. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. You will be able to stay away from harsh chemical based pesticides by incorporating these techniques into your horticulture.
A touch of organic mulch will boost the potential of the vegetable plants in your garden. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. This also helps reduce the appearance of weeds. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Spray old aftershave, perfume, or scented products around the grass of your garden to prevent your dog from entering it. This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.
As you now know, organic gardening isn’t as simple as you may have thought. It requires patience and work, but it’s worth it to have a successful organic garden. By using the tips and techniques found here, you can have a healthy, productive garden in no time.