Environmentally-conscious horticulture requires dedication to following best practices at all times. A little extra gardening know-how doesn’t hurt either. A good understanding of organic horticulture is needed to grow healthy plants. Follow these tips to make your organic garden stand out above the rest.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase gardening knee pads. Your knees will take a beating if you spend a great deal of time on the ground while tending your garden. Cushion your knees with a pair of horticulture knee pads.
Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Packaging materials for many plants utilize plastics that are not recyclable, so avoid these containers and choose instead to sow your garden with seeds or utilize organic pots.
Think about adding some berry-producing evergreens to your landscaping. These evergreens will color your lawn, even when other flowers are not blooming. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Having a good wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool makes garden chores a lot easier. Spending lots of time close to the ground while working tends to be hard on your knees, that is why it is important to have a portable and lightweight garden stool that you can use for comfort. Horticulture also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
Irrigate your garden efficiently. Use a hose with a soaker attachment to save you time, so the garden can get watered while you are doing other tasks. Turn the water pressure on low so the soaker hose will not harm tender plants. Allow the soaker to stay on for a few hours, so your plants can receive water while you tend to other tasks.
The prevent your dog from trampling through your garden, spray some old aftershave, perfume or other heavily scented things on the grass around your plants. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
Involve the whole family in your horticulture hobby; children find growing things to be very interesting. Helping a garden grow is an excellent learning experience for kids, and it allows your family to spend time together while creating healthy, nutritious foods.
When planting seeds you should cover them with fine soil. Determine its depth by looking at the seed’s size and multiplying it by three. However, you should always know that some seeds cannot be covered, even the slightest bit, because they need to be in direct sunlight. Petunias and ageratum are two examples of seeds that require sunlight. If you are unsure about the specific needs of your seeds, you should consult your local garden center or conduct further research online. Important things to look for include water requirements, ideal soil type, and recommended sunlight exposure.
Organic gardening makes a huge difference in the taste and freshness of your produce. An organic garden is a ton of work to make successful but well worth the effort.