Organic gardening can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity in which anyone can participate. But for someone just starting out it can seem very overwhelming, and even a little bit intimidating. So, what should a novice do to learn how to grow plants? This article will give you some great ideas to begin.
It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. Try to place them in the new area for a couple of hours at a time the first day. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within 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 may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
Mint leaves are wonderful, but don’t you despise how quickly they can take over a garden due to rapid growth? You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. If you would like the mint leaves to still be in the ground, simply plant the container, and the leaves will stay within the boundaries of the pot.
Irises should be divided. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Replant immediately.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
Hopefully, the reasons for organic gardening’s wide appeal are now clear. Horticulture is not only a beautiful art but also a rewarding and relaxing way to spend your time. Use what you have learned, and your garden will blossom.