Many people get into organic horticulture since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. This article provides several useful tips that will help you improve your organic horticulture techniques.
TIP! During winter, you should take your favorite plants inside. You might want to transplant your most valuable varieties.
Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
TIP! When fall is here, you need to plant autumn edibles. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Snails and slugs can do irreparable damage to your garden in a single night. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
TIP! Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You could also place something that will cause your cat to go away from your plants, such as citrus peels or mothballs.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. This is a natural solution for ridding your plants of mildew safely.
TIP! Do you ever wish that your fresh mint leaves would not grow as quickly and overcome your garden? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out.
Keep the weeds out of your garden by removing them regularly. Weeds will cause your garden to become overgrown and cluttered. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. Load up your spray bottle with some white vinegar, and spray the weeds away instead of breaking your back removing them by hand.
TIP! Irises should be divided. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
TIP! Be aware of the optimum time frame for harvesting vegetables. Every type of vegetable has a different moment of ripeness.
There are many natural substances that are effective for warding off unwanted visitors. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Wood ash, when used as mulch, can help keep insects away from trees and shrubs. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
TIP! Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to add acidity to your soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons.
Keeping pests out of a vegetable garden can be difficult. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden. Don’t forget you intend on eating these vegetables. Instead of resorting to these harmful chemicals, you can keep garden pests at bay simply by paying close attention. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
TIP! Protect yourself from sun overexposure while gardening by wearing the proper clothing. Clothing should keep your skin covered, and don’t forget to wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Wisely water your garden. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. Turn the water on at low pressure so your delicate plants will not be damaged by the soaker hose. Let it water your garden for a few hours, so you’re available to do other stuff.
TIP! Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. Twisting off vegetables causes damage to the plant; always snip them at the base of the vine.
Organic horticulture is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural gardening methods.
TIP! If you’re growing plants indoors, keep your thermostat around 65 or 75 degrees daily. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures.