Environmentally-conscious gardening requires dedication to following best practices at all times. Good organic horticulture techniques can be very useful in this context. Nurturing your organic garden ensures that your veggies are bigger and your flowers are more beautiful. Follow these tips to make your organic garden stand out above the rest.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Plant annuals and biennials to make your flower beds brighter. Fast growing biennials and annuals will brighten a garden and permit you to change looks from one season to another. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
Start a new garden from seeds. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. You can also prevent insect pests by using wood ash like mulch around your trees and shrubs. Natural remedies, like the ones listed, will help reduce the need and usage of harsh chemical pesticides.
Pest control is one of the hardest things about growing a vegetable garden. You want to avoid spraying harsh chemicals since the vegetables are meant for consumption. You can prevent pests from appearing in the garden by adopting a vigilant attitude. If you find any unwanted pests, try removing them by hand.
The water that is leftover from the steamed vegetables is great to pour over them. Tea and coffee grounds can also serve as acidifiers in the soil of your gardenias or rhododendrons. Chamomile tea can be used as an effective fungicide for potted plants.
Organic horticulture can help you develop an appreciation for the taste and freshness of your food. Organic horticulture takes patience and manual labor, but it’s worth it when you start reaping the benefits of your labor.