More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your own organic garden.
Starting seedlings in pots before planting in your garden is a smart idea. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. It also permits you to tighten the time between plantings. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.
Organize your garden so that all your plants are exposed to the sun most of the time. Your house or your trees cast shadows: keep in mind that these shadows move throughout the day. You ideally want your plants to be exposed to the sun in the morning and the afternoon, but not around noon, especially in the summer time.
To discourage garden pests of the rodent variety from eating your beautiful perennial flowers and tasty vegetables, brush your dog or cat and use bits of the accumulated hair near the base of the plants being bothered. Garden rodents such as moles, gophers, rabbits and chipmunks can smell a predator and while your little Yorkie may not look like much of a threat, it only takes his scent to ward off the garden troublemakers. Don’t have a dog or cat to brush? Volunteer to brush a neighbor’s pet for the cause!
Divide irises. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Every piece is suppose to have at least one durable offshoot. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
There are many common household items that can be used to good effect in the garden. Try using duct tape to remove aphids from the leaves of infested plants. Wrap the tape around your hand, sticky side out, and press it to the leaves to remove the aphids. A lint roller can be used for this tasks as well.
Plan out where you will plant certain vegetables in your garden before planting them. You need to know how tall and how wide certain plants get, so that you can avoid overcrowding your plants. Knowing ahead of time what you can expect from your plants will also help you place them far enough apart so that you can walk between them easily if necessary.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.