You have finally understood how an organic garden could save you money on groceries. Well your timing could not be more perfect! The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic horticulture success.
Try not to cause shock to your plants by gradually changing their conditions and temperature. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. By the week’s end, your plants should then be ready for the big move!
The handles on your horticulture tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. 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. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
One very good way to deal with weeds is to boil them away. Boiling water is an excellent, organic substance for use against weeds. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
If you are a first time gardener, it is important that you follow all of the instructions on all of your tools and chemicals. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. Be careful when it comes to your body, and always follow directions.
You should get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool for garden work. Spending too much time on the ground working can be quite hard on your knees, and a horticulture stool can help alleviate this, plus make things more comfortable for you. Horticulture involves moving heavy objects and dirt, so a wheelbarrow makes for a wise investment.
Heat softens vegetables, so you can damage them immensely by pulling them out of the ground or cutting them off vines when it is too hot outside. Also ensure that you use a tool to cut the vegetables off at the vine. If you just yank or twist the whole plant, it may become damaged.
Coffee grounds are good for your soil. Your plants will thrive from the nitrogen contained in the grounds. The more nitrogen you have in the soil, the greater the growth of your plants will be, so adding grounds or compost will ensure your plants grow large very quickly.
You should now feel enthusiastically prepared to enter the relaxing and productive world of organic gardening. You may have thought you were all set to start digging prior to reading this article, so now you should be able to call yourself an expert! The tips above should have given you some advice and a few ideas, so that you can begin an organic gardening adventure in your own backyard.