Regular tending is a necessity for any garden. It is particularly important for the organic garden. Maintain your garden smartly by using efficient methods. By employing your knowledge you will be able to more efficiently and reliably produce healthy, tasty food. Using these tips will make you a top-class organic gardener in no time.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. By allowing them to sprout first, you are increasing the odds of a seedling reaching maturity. This method also gives you the freedom of tightening time periods between each planting. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. Stink bugs prefer peppers, beans, tomatoes, and various varieties of fruits. They can do a lot of damage if they are not controlled.
It’s easy to just jump in and start gardening without thought, but it’s important to plan your garden first. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. It can also keep you from planting any of your garden favorites too close to each other.
You can use boiling water to get rid of weeds naturally. The safest herbicide that you can probably find is a cup of boiling water. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. This can cause enough damage to the roots of any plant to kill it.
Be sure to split the irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Cut healthy pieces from the root stalk and throw out the dead center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Organic gardening can help you develop an appreciation for the taste and freshness of your food. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.