Organic gardening can either be a major headache, or a very relaxing hobby. The following collection of tips will help you to become a savy organic gardener.
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Put them out in the sun for approximately one to two hours on the very first day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Many climbers can cover the wall or fence in as little as one growing season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. Some of these plants include, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle!
During winter, you should take your favorite plants inside. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.
Pull all the weeds in your garden. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. White vinegar can not only kill the weeds, it’s also a non-toxic spray that won’t harm pets or people. So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.
Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. This particular type of pesticide will also kill the useful insects that consume the pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
Be smart about how you water your garden. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant. Use a low water pressure to avoid damaging tender plants. Allow it to water your plants for a couple of hours, so that you are free to do other things.
As you can see, there is a lot more to organic gardening than most people think. It requires a lot of work and patience, but it will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful organic garden. Simply by reading through the techniques provided to you in this article, you should find yourself much more informed and capable of organic gardening.