People who start doing organic horticulture do so because they don’t like toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers. Organic gardening is also cheaper; you don’t have to spend as much money on tools and equipment. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Plant seeds in pots that have a rich soil to give them a strong start. Your plants will be more likely to mature this way. This also helps tighten time between plantings. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.
A garden with a foundation of healthy soil is the best defense against pests. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. 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. These kinds of flowers are also excellent for filling in gaps between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. Plants tend to grow better when the CO2 levels are higher. A greenhouse is the best way to create an environment rich in CO2. It’s best to keep CO2 levels high for the best growth of your plants.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbing plants can cover a wall after one growing season only. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.
The Basics of Horticulture part 1
The Basics of Horticulture part 1.
What is Horticulture?
[Music] First 5 video clips of students talking about horticulture major. Woman thinning geraniums at University of Georgia (UGA) Trial Gardens Athens Campus.