One of the most sensible ways to improve your diet is through organic gardening. You will never accomplish your organic gardening goals without a bit of effort. You probably have many questions about how to accomplish your horticulture goals.
Be diligent in your efforts to banishing weeds! Weeds can destroy a once promising garden and take away all its potential. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. White vinegar is a weed killer! If you don’t want to take the time to remove the weeds by hand, simply spray them with a white vinegar solution.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. If you’ve got tender shrubs which are potted, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Split up the irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Start your garden by planting seed in small pots. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
If you’re going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. You will also have hardy seedlings that will be able to resist disease and pests much better. Once they grow a bit bigger, the seedlings can be easily transplanted to an outdoor garden.
Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables. It is also possible to utilize coffee ground or tea to make the soil more acidic for gardenias, rhododendrons and other plants that prefer acidic soil. If fungus is ravaging your potted plants, sprinkle a bit of Chamomile tea on them, and see if it helps.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. This particular type of pesticide will also kill the useful insects that consume the pests. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. This can lead to needing even more pesticides to eliminate the problem insects.
As should be obvious by now, organic horticulture requires a bit of forethought and planning before implementation. It is also true that in order to see results, that you have to keep at it. Keep the tips offered in mind and you can see more success.