Want To Try Organic Horticulture? These Tips Can Help
Taking the time to use good horticulture practices really shows in the end. It demonstrates that you want your plants to be healthy and thriving. This is a valuable attitude. As with anything, there is always room for improvement. The following advice will help you out.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy soil encourages vigorous plant growth and makes your garden more resistant to common diseases and insects. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. If you’d like to change things up a bit this season, put away your standard clay pots and plant your lettuce and kale inside of a pumpkin instead! Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. Once you have completed this, start planting!
Always fertilize your garden. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. There are a lot of different ways to fertilize plants; make sure you actually take the time to do it.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
Start your peas in a protected indoors environment rather than outside. When you plant them indoors first, the seeds will germinate better. Your seedlings will be stronger, and this will mean they can withstand diseases and bug attacks. After the seedlings get mature enough, transplant them to your outdoor garden.
Look for evergreen variants that produce berries. They will provide a splash of color in the drab and dreary winter months when a lot of other plants have lost their colors. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
You have what you need and the skills to use these tips when gardening. Awesome! The basic tips provided here will give you a good start in building your own body of knowledge as you work. You have likely, however, learned at least one thing that will be well put to use in your garden.
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