Many people get into organic horticulture since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Organic horticulture is also cheap and requires very little equipment. This article provides several useful tips that will help you improve your organic horticulture techniques.
Sod should be laid correctly. Start by preparing your soil with care. Pull any weeds that you see, and work to break up the soil so that it is a fine tilth. Using a light but firm touch, compact the soil until it is flat. The soil should be adequately moistened. Be sure to stagger the rows of sod. The joints should be offset like bricks in a wall. Firm sod until there is an even, flat surface; fill in gaps with soil. Sod has to be watered daily for two weeks, and then it can be rooted.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. They like to feast on all kinds of fruits, as well as peppers, tomatoes, and beans. Decrease their presence as much as possible to avoid them wreaking havoc in your garden.
Protect your tender deciduous shrubs. If you have tender shrubs in pots, they need to be protected in the cold weather. Pull the canes together at the top and securely tie them. Next, using a sheet or perhaps even a blanket, cover the structure. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. Otherwise, you are likely to have skin irritations flare up, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Keep your body safe and follow directions.
Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. The focal point should be a plant totally different from the others around it.
Involve the whole family in your horticulture hobby; children find growing things to be very interesting. Growing a garden offers a unique learning experience, and you and your child can grow closer while growing healthy food for your family.
Young children will love it if you plant strawberries that bear continually, and organic gardens are the perfect place to do it. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
Use the advice here to start your own organic garden. It is an interesting hobby and one that can improve your health. Your foods will taste better and not contain the heavy chemicals of store bought produce. When you are organic gardening and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!