While organic gardening is a wonderful way to relax, it can also be a source of stress. Here are some suggestions to get you on the right path to successful organic horticulture.
Plant slug-proof perennials. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
A garden with a foundation of healthy soil is the best defense against pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
Balance your alkaline soil with the acid found in used coffee grounds. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. You will discover that your vegetables are more flavorful than ever before.
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. When these tender shrubs are kept in pots, cold weather can be very damaging. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
Peas have a better chance of survival when their seeds are started indoors as opposed to outside, exposed to the elements. If you give them a chance to grow indoors where they are protected, they will germinate better. Seedlings will grow stronger, and withstand attacks from pests and diseases a lot better. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
Get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool to work in your garden. Horticulture can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Gardening also usually requires that you transport heavy loads, such as dirt or mulch, and a wheelbarrow will make this much easier to do.
Organic horticulture, while requiring a good effort for great results, is a great way to live a greener life. It takes effort and a willingness to learn. It is rewarding for those with patience, supplying healthy food and an attractive addition to the home. If you take the information in this piece to heart, you will soon have an effective arsenal of organic horticulture techniques.