Anyone can enjoy the relaxing activity of organic gardening. However, for a beginner, the whole gardening experience can be a very intimidating thing to enter into. So, how can you best prepare yourself as a novice organic gardener? Reviewing the advice that follows would be a good place to begin!
You need to consider beginning the plants into pots. Then, you can plant the seedlings into your garden. This will help the plants make it to full growth. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
To grow properly, plants need adequate levels of CO2. A higher level of CO2 will help plants grow better. The best way to get a high level is to plant them in a greenhouse. It’s very important to keep the CO2 levels high so your plants have the best possible growing conditions.
Take the time to remove weeds. If you have weeds in your garden, it will not be as nice as it could be. To aid in this venture, you might want to use white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. 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.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
You should make sure to divide your irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
When gardening, try not to use broad-spectrum pesticides. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. 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 ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
Heather can bring you beneficial insects. Heather is quite alluring to bees; when spring comes along, it provides the bees with a source of nectar early. Undisturbed shrubs, such as beds of heather, are probably home to a number of beneficial insects like spiders and ground beetles. Always remember this, and wear your horticulture gloves if you prune your heather!
Get your kids to help you grow your organic garden. Gardening is a great way for children to learn, and it gives you two a chance to spend some quality time together and produce healthy food.
Take your time when planting seeds. First, you should loosen the soil, and ensure that it is sufficiently moist. Then you want to spread your seeds evenly while making sure that they have enough room to grow. Seeds need to be buried as deep as three times the seed size. Certain types of seeds should simply be dropped on top of the soil due to needing sunlight for growth.
Now you should be able to see why organic horticulture can be such an enjoyable activity to participate in. Horticulture is not only a beautiful art but also a rewarding and relaxing way to spend your time. Remember these tips to grow the perfect organic garden.