There are endless all-natural methods available to help you produce a vibrant organic garden. In order to use these methods, all you have to do is learn a little bit about them.
Try planting seeds in pots, and then transferring the seedlings to your garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Once you remove the most recent mature plants from your garden, the seedlings are immediately ready to be planted.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Wonderful varieties of such perennials include euphorbia, campanula, helleborus, achillea, and heuchera.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Be sure to do some weeding on a regular basis. If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. To help you do this, you may want to consider using white vinegar. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
Irises can benefit from being separated. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it 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 must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant right away.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. Locate your plants further from your heat source as they mature. Make sure you remember to remove any plastic films that were on the plant containers to repel humidity and warmth. Keep a close watch on your seeds to know when to do this.
Work properly in your garden. It’s frustrating to search for a tool for a half hour. Set up the tools you will need for your day prior to hitting the garden, then put them away neatly at the end of your horticulture session. If you need to use a tool belt, try using some pants with pockets in them.
Have plastic bags on hand so that you may cover your muddy gardening shoes. You’ll be able to keep your momentum going without needing to take off your shoes, and stay on track with your horticulture project.
Space is very important when you plant an organic garden. When the garden is bare, it is sometimes hard to envision how much space a mature plant actually needs. Space is vital for your plants not only due to their literal physical size requirements but also because of how much room your garden needs for air circulation. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings.
Just about anyone who wants to plant a garden can plant one, but only those who truly understand what it takes will be successful. You need to make sure you are utilizing this advice about organic horticulture.