Organic gardening requires a green thumb and a lot of patience. The idea here is to grow healthy, great-tasting food bereft of pesticides, herbicides and other unnatural chemical enhancers. It actually isn’t as hard as it sounds. Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.
So that you don’t shock your plants, try gradually accustoming them to conditions and temperature. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. Your plants will have a better chance of getting big and healthy! This method also reduces the waiting time between plantings. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
You can make your flower beds brighter with biennials and annuals. These types of flowers grow at high speed, which gives you more flexibility in changing the look of your flower beds as the seasons change. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
Irises should be divided. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
If you are new to gardening, make sure you read and follow all the directions on any tool or chemical you use. If you don’t pay good attention, you could wind up with skin irritations or other issues. Following instructions for the use of harsh chemicals can keep you safe from serious injury.
Organic gardening is a hobby incorporating nature, hard work and patience. It’s an activity that lets you get in touch with nature while growing something very tasty. If you want to make the most of your clean, green, organic garden, you should put your new skills to the test.