Organic Horticulture Tips From Very Experienced People

While organic gardening is a wonderful way to relax, it can also be a source of stress. With these tips, you should become a very successful organic gardener.

TIP! If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don't purchase expensive chemical solutions. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water.

So you don't shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. By the time the week ends, your plants will be ready for their big move and should have no problems!

TIP! When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o'lantern.

Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. One way to get around this problem is to coat the shovel with wax. Use a clean cloth to spread the wax evenly. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.

Climbing Plants

TIP! Make a plan for your garden. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful.

Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. 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. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, clematis, and jasmine are some great plants to try out.

TIP! If your plants do not grown very tall, try buying some knee pads used for gardening. Your knees will take a beating if you spend a great deal of time on the ground while tending your garden.

Fall edibles are a wonderful addition to your garden. A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.

TIP! For weeds that aren't in the middle of your plants, use boiling water to kill their roots. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water.

Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. In addition, you could put an item on the soil's top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.

TIP! If you pick vegetables around high noon when it is very hot, you are likely to damage them. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.

If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Almost all vegetables need this much sunlight, so that they can grow correctly and in a shorter amount of time. Some flowers have the same requirement for growth.

TIP! One of the problems that people come up against when trying to grow organic plants indoors is a lack of natural light. If your apartment or home does not receive a huge amount of sunlight, you might want to grow plants that adapt to medium and low light environments instead.

If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try "boiling" them. One of the safest "herbicides" you can find is a pot of boiling water. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. The weeds' roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.

TIP! Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep.

Prior to working in the garden, make sure any cuts on your hands heal completely, or shield any cuts from contact with chemicals and dirt. If you have an open cut while horticulture, contact with dirt or debris can infect the wound. Bandage all cuts completely, using bandages that cover and seal cuts.

TIP! Use about two to three inches of organic material as mulch in all of your flower beds. This fights weeds, retains moisture, and gives your garden valuable nutrients.

Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. You have several options including using a bucket to hold your tools or wearing pants with lots of sturdy pockets. Keep common tools such as your gloves or your pruning shears within reach so that you can quickly and easily maintain your garden whenever you need to.

TIP! Organize your gardening so that you can work efficiently. Do not waste your time looking for tools.

You can stop mud from being tracked into your house by covering your dirty horticulture shoes with plastic bags. You will be able to go in and out without having to keep taking your shoes on and off.

Pine Needles

TIP! Organic gardening is a high-risk, high-reward activity compared to normal gardening, but the rewards certainly are sweet. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.

Pine is a mulch that is great. Some plants do better in soil with high acidity as they are highly acidic themselves. Pine needles are an excellent form of mulch for these types of plants. If you spread a few inches of pine needles around your garden beds, when they break down, the acid they contain will leach into the soil.

TIP! Gardening is a good way to connect with nature, but organic gardening remains the best way to observe natural cycles. Any form of gardening gives a basic outline for all others; teaching you the general methodology behind sewing, planting, and harvesting properly.

As this article has demonstrated, organic horticulture is more complex than some may think. It requires patience and work, but it's worth it to have a successful organic garden. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to increasing your organic horticulture skills.

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