Horticulture is a complex process. This is due to the different factors you must learn about when going all natural. Things like pH balance and proper compost and sunlight all take on more importance due to the lack of chemical enhancers. It can sometimes seem a bit difficult to grow organically for a novice. Be sure you can hang with even the pros by using the tips you learn from this article.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
Starting seedlings in pots before planting in your garden is a smart idea. Your plants will be more likely to mature this way. It also allows you to tighten up the time periods between plantings. Once you remove the most recent mature plants from your garden, the seedlings are immediately ready to be planted.
Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. These biennials and annuals are fast-growing, and they allow you to brighten up your flower bed with a change for each season. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Plant marigolds or onions around other vegetables to keep slugs away from them. Keep insects away from shrub and tree seedlings with mulch containing wood ash. Natural remedies, like the ones listed, will help reduce the need and usage of harsh chemical pesticides.
When planting anything, think about planting for color so that you have something to enjoy in the fall. This might not be the reason why. Fall foliage provides for the most colorful season of the year. Maple, beech, and dogwood trees are many colors in the fall, from yellow to a deeper crimson. Cotoneaster, barberry and hydrangea can provide vibrant color if you are considering shrubs for your garden.
To keep your dog out of your garden, spray old perfume, aftershave, or other scented items in the grass around it. This will mask the garden smell that is attracting your dog, and it will make it a less appealing place for your dog to visit.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.