Organic horticulture is a very enjoyable and relaxing activity in which anyone can participate. But, when a person begins organic horticulture, the various challenges of gardening can seem insurmountable. How should a novice approach the learning experience start getting involved with organic horticulture? Read the information provided below, and follow the helpful advice.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.
Plants need a good supply of C02 to grow and thrive. Plants are more likely to thrive if they don’t have an adequate amount of CO2. Greenhouses typically provide the best levels of CO2.
Starting off your garden with healthy soil can be the best defense against those pesky garden bugs. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.
You should make sure to divide irises. You can increase your stock of irises you have by dividing up overgrown clumps. The bulbs should automatically divide in your palm, and when you replant them, they will typically flower the following year. You should split up rhizomes using a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the remaining center. Each new piece needs one healthy offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the cuttings.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
A great garden must be grown from seeds. The most “green” way to start a new garden is to start with seeds. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. When you finish this, you can plant!
If you want to grow peas, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. The seeds will grow better germination rate if you start them indoors. Seedlings will grow stronger, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
You can plant wheat grass or cat grass near the plants that the cat eats. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
You should now realize how much fun and how enjoyable horticulture can be. It provides so much opportunity for relaxation in a soothing environment and so much reward when the garden flourishes. Use what you have learned, and your garden will blossom.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. It is common for commercial plants to be packaged in plastic that is not commonly recycled, and therefore, it is better to use seeds or purchase plantings only from merchants who make use of organic packaging.