In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
When winter arrives, transfer a few plants into the house for safe storage during the cold weather. Choose the plants that are most likely to survive. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. Chamomile tea can be effective if you have problems with fungus in your garden. Simply sprinkle it on the affected plant.
Choose plants that will provide color in autumn. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. The foliage of autumn makes for perhaps the most colorful season of the year. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. Barberry, conaneaster and hydrangea are all wonderful choices in shrubs.
When gardening outdoors, you must always wear sunscreen and appropriate attire; this will help to protect you from sun damage. Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun will lower the possibility of sunburn and skin cancer.
Vegetables get softer as the temperature goes up, so you could damage your vegetables if you pick them during the hottest hours. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.
Now you know a little more on how you can be a successful organic gardener. There are many resources available; you just have to learn how to find and use them. Utilize the advice in this article to improve the techniques you have been using, and grow a better organic garden.