With the current organic trend, holistic lifestyles are common these days. Many people who choose to live this lifestyle grow their own plants and herbs, so they can benefit from them. If you are interested in growing plants, flowers and vegetables without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers, keep reading.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
For a garden that thrives, choose the right type of soil. Depending on what kind of plants you want in your garden, the soil might or might not be adapted. You can simply use one type of soil to make an artificial area.
When it’s autumn, you know what that means. It’s time to plant fall vegetables! Try using a pumpkin as a natural plant pot. You can plant fall vegetables such as lettuce in an empty pumpkin shell. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.
To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. The boiling water will damage the roots of the weeds and will usually prevent further growth.
Think about using evergreens in your yard that produce berries during the year. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. A focal point, in a strong garden design, will attract eyes and hold them there. Mostly it is a distinctive plant that sets it apart from the neighboring plants and flowers.
Make sure to water your garden properly. Use a soaker hose to save time so that you do not have to water each plant individually with a hose nozzle, or a watering can that needs to be refilled repeatedly. Turn down the water pressure to its lowest setting, as anything higher could harm the plants. Letting the soaker hose do the work frees you up to turn your attention elsewhere.
Vegetables tend to soften during the hottest part of the day, which means they are easily damaged, even when handled with care. Use garden shears to remove your vegetables from the vine to avoid damaging the plant.
As in most things, the more you know about organic gardening, the more successful you will be. There is a lot more to learn about organic gardening.