Organic growing is becoming more popular due to the questionable effects of toxins and pesticides on the body and the environment. Also, organic horticulture can save you a lot of money. Read on for some advice about how to work in your organic garden.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Coffee grounds can be used to amend soils that are high in alkaline. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
Fertilizing is an important step in preparing your garden soil. Manure is probably the best fertilizer. Choose a commercial product to reduce the risks of pathogen exposure. You have many different choices for fertilizer; choose whichever is best-suited to your plants but definitely use one.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. You can also prevent insect pests by using wood ash like mulch around your trees and shrubs. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables. Add coffee grounds or tea leaves to the soil of acid-loving plants like rhododendron and gardenia. Spray your plants with a 9:1 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide to eliminate fungus without harming your plants.
Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. Your focal point will be the main center of attention for anyone who sees your garden. Focal points in gardens are normally a plant specimen that no one else in the neighborhood has in their landscape.
If you want your garden to be off-limits to your dog, spray a scented perimeter around it using things like old perfumes or aftershave. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
The sun can cause irreparable skin damage; therefore, it is essential to dress accordingly when horticulture. Wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sunblock. Wearing sun protection is important to help ward off the unnecessary pain of sunburn, and it will help lessen your skin cancer risk, too.
You can create a great English garden by mixing types and sizes in one bed. If you use plants of similar heights, the result will be pretty boring and uniform.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep. Let this sit for a couple weeks, next dig into it to plant your new plants.
Plant some organic garlic. It’s best to plant garlic cloves in either spring or fall. Make sure the soil is drained well. Place them about one or two inches deep into the soil pointed upwards and four inches apart. Green garlic can be cur directly from the plant and used in a pinch instead of scallions or chives. When the bulbs begin turning brown on top, they are ready for harvesting. Dry the bulbs in the sun in order to harden their skin. Finally, store the garlic in an area with low temperatures like a pantry, either by themselves or tied into bunches.
When planting tomatoes in your organic garden, a great tip is to plant another set of tomatoes after three weeks of planting the original ones. You will not have to harvest the tomatoes at the same time. If something happens to ruin your harvest, you have time to fix the problem before the next set of tomatoes is due, sparing part of the harvest.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. Planting a natural garden also encourages wildlife to enjoy your garden, and this even benefits the plants growing within.