It goes without saying that taking care of an organic garden is critical for its success. This can be achieved by using smart, eco-savvy gardening techniques. Following organic horticulture practices will result in tastier fruits and vegetables, as well as happier plants. Use this advice to take your organic garden to the next level.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Plants all need a good supply of C02 to grow properly! In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. A greenhouse will provide the best method of providing enough CO2 for your plants. The levels need to be kept high for optimum greenery growth.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. After you have finished this, you will be ready to start planting.
Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. Horticulture can really put a lot of pressure on your knees that will leave you cramped and uncomfortable. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
Irises should be divided. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant them immediately.
Pest control can become a major issue. Do not spray harsh chemicals on the vegetables you are going to eat. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to toxic pesticides than their annoying counterparts, so a broad-spectrum pesticide could kill all of the good bugs first, allowing the population of bad pests to multiply. This may then lead to using even more pesticides to eliminate this new problem.
Have one plant be the most interesting eye-grabber in your garden. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. The focal point should be a plant totally different from the others around it.
Use care when you are watering the garden. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. Allow it to water your plants for a couple of hours, so that you are free to do other things.
As you’ve read, you can grow fresher, more nutritious produce in your organic garden than you can get from other sources. Although organic horticulture isn’t easy since you have to put in time and effort and wait for results, the health benefits make it worth it.