Horticulture is a good way to make your yard a source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Grow tomatoes, onions, carrots and other vegetables in your garden. You’ll find salads made from homegrown vegetables taste better than the ones you buy in the store. You will get some great ideas on how to get the most enjoyment out of a garden in the following paragraphs.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
Remember to remove weeds from the garden. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. A great way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. That’s right, you have safe way to get rid of weeds right there in your kitchen cabinet. Use a spray bottle full of white vinegar and you won’t have to use your hands.
The best gardens will evolve from original seeds rather than transplanted items. Your can contribute to environmental soundness by beginning your garden with fresh seeds. Packaging materials for many plants utilize plastics that are not recyclable, so avoid these containers and choose instead to sow your garden with seeds or utilize organic pots.
You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. You should also try using a bit of coffee grounds or tea to increase the acidity of the soil for your gardenias or your rhododendrons. A natural cure for plant fungus is chamomile tea. Sprinkle some on the plant, and see if it works.
Pick one plant to serve as your garden’s focal point. In a well designed garden you should have a focal point so that your eyes will stay there. You want to choose a plant that will stand out, as opposed to blending in with the other plants adjacent to it.
If you have problems keeping the dog out of the garden, spray things like aftershave, perfume or other scents on the grass surrounding the garden. By masking the smells he may be attracted to, he should take less interest in the garden plants.
If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. Little ones will be more likely to help when they can enjoy the fun of harvesting their own fruit.
Just as when outside, plants kept inside need varying degrees of sunlight, which can be harder to obtain from indoors. If your windows are small or receive little light due to their positioning, a plant that requires little sunlight will be more comfortable and healthy. You can also get special lamps if you want a different kind of plants.
Take the necessary time when planting seeds. To begin with, you need to dampen the soil sufficiently. Your seeds should be spaced out evenly so they aren’t overcrowded. This will ensure that they can grow. The seeds should be planted at least 3 times deeper than the seed’s depth. Some seeds require light for growing and must not be buried.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. Also take any plastic films off of your containers, so you can keep the warmth and humidity out. Observe your seeds carefully so that you can make these changes as soon as they start sprouting.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. Not only will you be adding nutrients, but weeds will be less likely to grow and moisture will be retained more easily. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
When maintaining your organic garden, try lightly petting your seedlings — either with the palm of your hand or something like a sheet of cardboard — once or twice each day. This probably sounds like an odd recommendation, but research has shown that this technique encourages more plant growth, than no petting at all.
Garlic is an excellent choice to grow organically. Plant garlic cloves individually. Do this in early spring or during the fall in moist and well drained soils. Place them about one or two inches deep into the soil pointed upwards and four inches apart. You can cut the shoots of green garlic as they are growing and use them as an alternative to scallions and chives. The garlic is ready to be picked when the tops turn brown. To harden the bulbs’ skin, dry them for several days in the sun. Store them somewhere cool, in tied bunches or loose.
Many organic gardeners get the best results from watering with a soaker hose. This type of hose allows you to water roots directly without wetting the plants’ leaves. This is less tedious than watering by hand, and they consume less water than using sprinklers.
As previously stated, gardening is a fantastic way of growing veggies in your backyard. Being able to make a meal from homegrown ingredients will leave you with a sense of satisfaction. Apply these guidelines in order to get the most out of horticulture.