Lots of natural ways exist for growing a bright and healthy organic garden. All that is needed from you to have a great organic garden is to learn what they are, and to put them into practice.
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. You can often find Cooperative Extension offices that provide this service, which can help to make your garden flourish.
If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. When this is finished, you are now ready to plant.
To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Good tools for the gardener include a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. Using a large portion of your time near or on the ground working on your garden puts a huge strain on your knees; therefore, having a portable, lightweight garden stool will greatly assist you in making gardening easier on them. Using a wheelbarrow or wagon to transport heavy loads of dirt will help protect you from back injuries so make sure that you have one.
Pest control is very difficult if you are dealing with your veggie garden. Don’t spray any harsh chemicals on your vegetables because you will be eating them later on. Remain alert in order to control garden pests. When pests are noticed early, the best way to get rid of them is to remove then from the plants by hand.
Water your garden regularly and smartly. A soaker hose is a great way to water all of the plants at once, and will save you a lot of time. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Just use it on your foliage for a few hours.
Bring your young ones into the garden with you so they will learn about organic methods. Horticulture helps your children learn about biological processes and serves as a social activity that helps the family grow closer while eating healthier.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.
It is important to protect your knees when you are gardening. It’s difficult for most people to bend while standing, especially at the waist. If you have trouble with this, kneel instead of bending while gardening. Place a cushioning kneeling pad on the ground or wear knee pads to make kneeling more comfortable.
Horticulture is within everybody’s reach, but you will only make the most of your gardening experience with knowledge. Be sure to try out these organic gardening ideas.