People who start doing organic gardening do so because they don’t like toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers. Also, organic horticulture is quite cheap on the whole. Keep reading for some useful tips on organic horticulture.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
When the fall season arrives, it is time to plant your fall edibles. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. You can start planting now.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
Your plants need to be kept dry, but sill receiving a good amount of air. Excess moisture creates an appealing environment for disease and parasites. A common parasite found in the plant kingdom is fungi. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
Fertilizer is important when you garden. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. You can choose from many different fertilizers. Do not worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
You should start pea seedlings indoors instead of planting them outside right at the start. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. This method also results in hardier seedlings that can better resist insects and disease. The seedlings can then be transplanted outside after becoming strong enough to withstand the elements.
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Start using these tips to grow your own organic food and help preserve the environment. When your garden works with nature, you will also be able to notice an increase in the number of wildlife inhabiting your garden.