Organic horticulture is a great way to grow your own food at home and relax at the same time. A beginning organic gardener may find the prospect of getting started to be rather daunting. How should a novice gardener get started? Well, read the tips below, of course!
When winter arrives, transfer a few plants into the house for safe storage during the cold weather. Maybe you’d like to save the most expensive plants you have or the most resistant. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. If you choose your plants carefully, you could have flowers in blossom from the first weeks of spring to the end of the summer.
Protect your plants from moisture on a daily basis. Parasites are attracted to the moisture on plants. Fungus is a common problem when plants are allowed to remain damp. Fungicidal spray treatments can contain fungi, but spraying prior to problems even developing in the first place is the best way to go about it.
Do you hate how fresh mint leaves grow and take over your lovely garden but still like them? Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Try dividing the irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Replant right away.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Slugs stay away from marigolds and onions when they are planted in a garden. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Do not use broad-spectrum pesticides within your garden. These pesticides can also kill useful insects that eat your pests. Bugs that are good for your garden tend to be more susceptible to these types of pesticides, and using them could mean an increase in the pests you are actually trying to get rid of. When this happens, you will spray another round of pesticides to get rid of the pests, thus creating a never-ending cycle for yourself.
In order to bring in good insects to your garden, you need to plant heather. Bees like it because it gives them nectar in the springtime. Beds of heather are largely undisturbed and make a perfect living space for spiders, beetles and a variety of other beneficial tenants. With this in mind make sure you wear some gloves when you are working with the heather.
It should now be clear to you why so many people find organic gardening enjoyable. Horticulture can be an immensely rewarding hobby. With the tips presented above at the forefront of your mind, you can begin to grow delicious organic produce like a professional.