Organic gardening is a great way to grow your own food at home and relax at the same time. If you lack experience as a gardener, it is perfectly natural to be somewhat intimidated by the thought of all that work. So, how can you best prepare yourself as a novice organic gardener? If so, keep reading. You are only minutes away from becoming a better gardener.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
Fall edibles are a wonderful addition to your garden. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. 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.
If you have many low-growing plants in your garden, get yourself a pair of gardening knee pads. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Wear knee pads meant for gardeners so that you’ll be more comfortable when kneeling in your garden.
Do you like mint, but not how they ruin your garden? Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can even plant the container in the ground. That way, the roots won’t be able to escape the container, and the plant won’t overrun your garden.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
You should think about adding evergreen plants that yield berries into your yard space. These year-round berries will give the rest of your yard a much-needed pop of color, especially in the winter. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. Watching your garden grow can be a source of great pleasure and joy. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.