Many people want an organic garden, but never try it. To many people, it seems too complicated and unfamiliar, so they don’t know how to start. Peruse the following article to discover some very useful advice that will prepare you for success in this most enjoyable pastime of organic gardening.
Buying a container-grown shrub. Slide the shrub out of its container to check for a well-developed root system. The roots should have healthy, white tips, and not look dry at all. Don’t buy a plant if it has poorly developed roots, or if the roots are congested and coiled around the base of the pot. These kinds of roots rarely establish themselves once they are planted in the ground.
Plants need CO2 grow well. In general, higher amounts of CO2 are related to better plant growth. Greenhouses provide the best levels of CO2 for plants. CO2 levels are best kept high, in order to provide optimal growing conditions for your plants.
Start a compost bin, and enjoy nutrient-rich fertilizer that you can use for your vegetable plants, herbs, flowers and more. Food scraps and peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, newspaper, paperboard, yard waste and other organic matter are perfect additions to your compost bin. Keep a small bucket or bag in your freezer as an odor-free way to collect kitchen waste, and empty the container into the outdoor bin when it is full.
If you want a patch of green in your garden, consider planting a ground cover instead of a lawn. Lawns require a lot of water and maintenance. On the other hand, a ground cover usually uses less water, and certain varieties discourage weeds from growing. Many varieties of ground cover have the green color comparable to a lawn. You can save time and money with a ground cover.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Salt deposits can form unsightly marks on your clay pots. To easily remove the deposits mix water, rubbing alcohol and white vinegar in equal parts and spray onto the pots. Scrub with a plastic pad or brush and allow the pot to dry completely. Once the pot is dry, you are ready to plant.
Create a certain mood for your garden. Just as with interior design, one of the most exciting aspects of garden design is using color to create a mood or feeling. Use soft blues and purples for a cool and soothing atmosphere, yellows for cheerfulness, and reds and oranges to create excitement. If you are uncomfortable when deciding on colors, choose plants with grey-green or silvery foliage to mix in with your flowers. They will act as a ‘buffer’ between incompatible colors and link different color schemes.
The information you’ve been given in this article should have done a great deal to ease any apprehension that you have about starting your own organic garden. If you make proper use of the advice you have learned, you will soon be able to reap a bountiful harvest from your organic garden.