Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for many people around the world, but doing it organically is even more rewarding. But, if you’re just getting started, the various challenges of gardening can seem insurmountable. So, what exactly should a novice learn and do when they want to start growing plants? Well, read the tips below, of course!
When fall is here, you need to plant autumn edibles. Try using a pumpkin as a natural plant pot. You can plant fall vegetables such as lettuce in an empty pumpkin shell. Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
Make sure that you divide your irises! Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs stay away from marigolds and onions when they are planted in a garden. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
If you want to grow peas, consider starting them indoors instead of planting them outside. When the plants are started inside, the seeds will have an easier time germinating. The seedlings tend to be healthier, which would help them resist diseases and pests more easily. Once they are suitably strong, transplant them outside.
Put a couple of inches of organic mulch around each of your vegetable plants. Mulching helps keep moisture in the soil. It will also prevent weeds from popping up around your plants. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Plant heather to attract beneficial insects. Bees like it because it gives them nectar in the springtime. It is common to find all types of insects inside of an undisturbed heather bed. Always remember this, and wear your gardening gloves if you prune your heather!
You can create a great English garden by mixing types and sizes in one bed. If you use a combination of plants that grow to the same height, your garden bed will be uniform and dull looking.
Your seeds, once they begin sprouting, don’t need the same amount of warmth as they did before. Move your plants away from the heat as they grow. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. Watch your seeds carefully to know when you can take these steps.
It should now be clear to you why so many people find organic gardening enjoyable. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. If you remember these tips the next time you are in the garden, you will be much more successful.