Want To Know About Horticulture? Read On
You have probably heard about organic food and perhaps purchased some. You may already be aware of which foods come organically. The organic products cost more, and they often come in distinctive packaging. Check out the tips in this article and find out how to grow your own organic garden at home.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Simply cut the pumpkin open at the top, so you can remove the seeds and insides. After that, spray Wilt-Pruf along the edges and on the inside of the pumpkin, so it doesn’t rot. Once you’ve done this, you can plant.
Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. This way, the seeds will have a much better shot at survival once they are planted.
If your soil has high alkaline amounts, mix some coffee grounds into it. Coffee grounds are an affordable means of adding acid to the soil so that it is pH-balanced. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.
A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. Boiling water in a pot is a safe “herbicide.” Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? You can control their growth by placing them into a pot or container. You can even plant the container in the ground. That way, the roots won’t be able to escape the container, and the plant won’t overrun your garden.
A wheelbarrow and kneeling bench or stool are smart investments for your garden. You can make horticulture much more comfortable on your knees by using a portable garden stool. Horticulture also usually requires that you transport heavy loads, such as dirt or mulch, and a wheelbarrow will make this much easier to do.
You don’t have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. This might not be the reason why. If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. Maple trees come in a variety of fall colors ranging from yellow to deep crimson, as do Beech trees and Dogwood. When selecting shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea, or cotoneaster.
Wisely water your garden. Use a hose with a soaker attachment to save you time, so the garden can get watered while you are doing other tasks. Use low water pressure for your hose so that you do not cause harm to the tender members of your garden. This allows you to leave the hose running as you go about your business.
For the best results, properly prepare your garden for planting. Start first by moisturizing your soil. You may then distribute your seeds evenly while being sure that they all have adequate space in which to grow. Plant them depending on how big the seeds are. Some seeds should not be buried at all as they need light to grow.
Put an organic material, such as mulch two or three inches deep, in your flower beds. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. Also, the flower beds will look beautifully maintained at all times.
Leave plenty of growing space when you plant your garden. As plants grow and spread out, you will not always know how much space will be required. You need to take into account the plant’s size when it is fully grown, as well as allowing space for air circulation between each plant. Plan your organic garden while keeping this in mind, and space your seeds accordingly, when planting.
Organize the chores for your organic garden so they do not pile up. Even if you can’t tend to your garden daily, you can do little things to help so that there is not a huge amount of work to be done when you are ready to get back to it. If you’re outside with your pet, try to remove weeds when your pet is doing his business.
A good thing to know when it comes to your organic garden, and running it, is to, a couple times a day, lightly ruffle the seedlings with cardboard or your hand. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
Use untreated stone, brick or wood to build raised beds. If you choose to use wood to construct your bed, choose a species that is naturally resistant to rot and avoid treated wood entirely. The most popular options for this type of project are cypress, locust and cedar woods. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.