With a push to eat healthier and to save money at the grocery store, many people are turning to organic gardening to meet their needs. Just using the tips here will show you how you can get started now with an organic garden. Just follow the tips and tricks outlined here and get ready for some beautiful results!
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. 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. You can often find Cooperative Extension offices that provide this service, which can help to make your garden flourish.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Try dividing the irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
To grow peas, try growing them indoors first, instead of outside. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. They will also be stronger, and better equipped to resist disease and insects. After the seedlings have grown strong indoors, it will be time for you to transplant them to outdoor beds.
Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. You can also protect both your vegetables and the plant they grow on by cutting them off instead of twisting them off.
If you want to get children in on the fun, plant a few strawberries, everbearing if possible. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
It just takes some time and patience to be able to grow a good organic garden. Following the suggestions outlined above should help you get your organic garden off the ground more effectively. Regardless of which plants you want to grow, you will be successful if you learn more about gardening and apply what you learn.