You are finally ready to try organic horticulture. The time to do it is now. The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic horticulture success.
Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Try using a pumpkin as a natural plant pot. You can plant fall vegetables such as lettuce in an empty pumpkin shell. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. Once the pumpkin has been prepared, it is ready for planting.
Protect your plants from moisture on a daily basis. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.
Fertilize your garden. While a lot of people use manure, it is better to choose fertilizer from a reputable company, as this will reduce the risk of any pathogens getting into your soil. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
Learn the appropriate time to pick different vegetables. Different vegetables and fruits have their ideal seasons and months where they flourish, survive, and are harvested at the highest quality. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. In contrast, tomatoes are best when left on the vine as long as possible. So, make sure you do some research, and find out when the best time to harvest your vegetables is.
Do not use broad-spectrum pesticides within your garden. If your pesticide has too wide a range of targets, it can kill off useful insects that fight off other pests. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
Use smarts when watering your garden. Instead of watering each individual plant with a can or hose, utilize a soaker hose, which can water all the plants at once. Use low water pressure for your hose so that you do not cause harm to the tender members of your garden. Let it water your garden for a few hours, so you’re available to do other stuff.
Dress to protect your skin from sun damage when you garden. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. When using the right protection in the sun, you will lower your chance of getting a sunburn and decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Your children will enjoy being involved with your organic horticulture endeavors. Gardens are terrific teaching tools for kids, and provide great opportunities for interaction, growth, and instruction on healthy living.
Have your tools for horticulture nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with gardening. You can wear an apron or pants that have a lot of pockets, or use a big bucket or can. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Cover your muddy shoes with plastic bags. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. If you choose to use wood to construct your bed, choose a species that is naturally resistant to rot and avoid treated wood entirely. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. If you use your garden to grow vegetables, avoid using wood that has been treated with chemicals. These toxic chemicals may seep into the soil, damaging your crops. If you already have treated lumber in use, line it with some plastic and replace the soil near it.
You are now well-equipped with insight on creating an organic garden. You are now the expert, even if you didn’t think so before. You can grow an organic garden, now that you have the right tips and information.