You are finally ready to try organic gardening. What do you need to do get started? Listed below are some tips that will help you get started with your organic gardening aspirations.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. You can actually get an analysis of soil for a little fee, and with the report you get back you can figure out how to create a vibrant garden by enriching it properly. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
When you grow veggies in a garden, you need to ensure they get at least six hours of good sunlight each day. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. If you pour the water near your plants, it will kill the roots.
At this point, you should feel more confident about your gardening skills. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. You’ve read tips that you can use to create a lovely garden full of organic and natural products.