If you want to embrace a healthier lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, organic horticulture is the way to go. You do have to put in some effort, though. This may make you wonder how you can begin to grow your personal organic garden.
Cover any wall or fence with climbers. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within one season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Yes, you really have to weed. Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. White vinegar is a weed killer! Putting white vinegar on your plants gets rid of much of the need to pull out the weeds.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. Bulbs will grow every year and are easier to take care of than seeds. Different types of bulbs bloom at different times, so if you choose appropriately, you can have blooms from early spring to late summer.
Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you’ll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.
Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. A fungus is one of the most important and debilitating parasites for plants. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
A great garden starts from the seeds and not from the plants. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. An added benefit is that it also inhibits weed growth. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Use plants to get some autumn color. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be. Autumn is the most colorful season of all, foliage-wise. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. Shrubs such as barberry, cotoneaster and hydrangea all have gorgeous fall foliage.
As you are aware now, there is homework to be done and energy to be expended in setting up a real organic garden. Also, to get the best results, you must stay focused and keep up with it. If you apply the tips you have just read, you should be able to grow healthy plants.