Organic horticulture is very relaxing and will help you connect with nature. The aim is to grow food for the family that's both healthy and free of chemicals and pesticides. It’s easier than you may think. See these tips to learn how to get started with this healthy, rewarding hobby.
Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you don't, you might shock them and cause them to die. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. As time goes by, slowly increase the time they spent outdoors. By weeks end, you should've plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one nite. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some perennials aren't preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough. Tastes bad. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant. Place it in a pot.
Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnite. You then want to place a small amount of seeds in a container that’s smaller and then fill it up with water to the top. This lets water soak into the seeds, giving them an extra boost of hydration when they start growing. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
don't mow your lawn close to the bottom. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that'll be less likely to dry out. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
For areas with high alkaline, mix coffee grounds into the soil. This is an easy and inexpensive solution to increase the acid content back into the soil. This can help your veggies and greens look more vibrant and taste better!
Strawberries are a great plant to grow in any organic garden, especially if you happen to have kids or any strawberry lover in your home. Small kids enjoy picking fruit themselves out of a garden. Because of this, they’ll be more likely to provide you with some assistance in your garden if they feel like they’re receiving something out of it.
It can be extremely fast and easy to plant perennials into your garden. Slice under the grass with a spade, flip the layer you've lifted over. Spread three inches of wood chips on top. Give the area a couple of weeks, then dig into it and plant your new perennials.
Growing organic food requires patience, persistence and a love of nature. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. By using these tips and giving some effort, you can be a skilled organic gardener.