Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. A great home remedy is to mix baking soda with water and a little bit of liquid soap. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
A certain amount of CO2 is necessary for plants to maximize their growth potential. Often, plants achieve better growth when they are surrounded by high levels of CO2. Getting a greenhouse is the best way to get a higher amount. It’s very important to keep the CO2 levels high so your plants have the best possible growing conditions.
If you are horticulture, be wary of stink bugs in your garden, especially in the autumn. They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. This also helps reduce the appearance of weeds. This will save you tons of time from pulling out tons of weeds.
Your garden can really benefit from evergreens featuring berries. This will aid in giving your garden great color, even during the winter when other plants have lost their colors. Plants which you can purchase that offer color during the winter are the Winterberry, the Common Snowberry, the American Holly, and the American Cranberrybush.
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As you’ve read, there is more to doing organic horticulture than many think. Doing it successfully entails a good amount of patience and dedication, but achieving a productive organic garden is a worthwhile endeavor indeed. By using the advice you learned here, you will be well on the path to becoming an organic horticulture pro.