Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. Read on for some advice about how to work in your organic garden.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. This insures that the plants will grow and thrive into adulthood. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. If you want to get the best plants, begin with a soil that has hardly any chemicals, and that will bring salts.
Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Weeds will cause your garden to become overgrown and cluttered. To help with weed destruction, use white vinegar. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. If you don’t want to take the time to remove the weeds by hand, simply spray them with a white vinegar solution.
Soak seeds overnight, preferably in a cool, dark place. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it out. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Irises should be divided. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. You can also look forward to a boost in the volume of wildlife inhabiting your nature-loving garden.