An organic garden provides you with a much healthier diet. Taking care of a garden does require effort in order to make things grow. Knowing where to start when planning an organic garden can be a little confusing.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Leave them outside in sunlight for a couple of hours on the initial day. Throughout the week, you should increase a little at a time how long you have them outside. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Choose plants that will give you the most yield at harvest time. Normally, hybrid plants that are disease-resistant and cold-tolerant have a greater yield than traditional varieties.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy soil encourages vigorous plant growth and makes your garden more resistant to common diseases and insects. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. You can direct them over certain branches or boards, or you can send them through plants you already have. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Irises can be easily divided. You can get more irises by dividing the overgrown clumps. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Divide rhizomes with a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
In conclusion, creating and maintaining an organic garden requires hard work, effort and research. For the best possible results, one must be willing to put forth a lot of energy into their gardening. With the advice from this article, you are now ready to begin a successful organic gardening adventure.