Organic gardening is capable of not only bringing about relaxation, but also headaches as well. The following advice will show you how to grow an organic garden successfully.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbers have many different uses and spread quickly. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Plant for fall color. That doesn’t have to be, however. In the fall, the foliage displays every color of the rainbow. Maple, beech, and dogwood trees are many colors in the fall, from yellow to a deeper crimson. Barberry, conaneaster and hydrangea are all wonderful choices in shrubs.
Always dress appropriately when gardening in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Wear sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Protecting yourself from the sun will lower the possibility of sunburn and skin cancer.
Take your time when planting seeds. Water the soil first. Then distribute the seeds so that they are evenly spaced and have sufficient room to grow. Bury them three times as deep as the size of the seeds. Some seeds you won’t have to bury because they need light in order to grow.
Have plastic bags on hand to put over dirty horticulture shoes. Having these available lets you keep your flow in movement, and helps you return to your horticulture fast so you can finish up your day.
As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. It takes effort and a willingness to learn. It is rewarding for those with patience, supplying healthy food and an attractive addition to the home. If you take the information in this piece to heart, you will soon have an effective arsenal of organic horticulture techniques.