The effort and knowledge you put into your garden shows in the results, particularly when you are working with organic material. People will be able to tell that you love your plants and want them to be healthy. This is a valuable attitude. Improvement to any skill can always be achieved, and this skill set is no different. Here is some advice for you.
Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. A great way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. You can now use it to plant in, as you would a pot.
Get some gardening knee pads if you find yourself kneeling on the ground a lot to do your gardening. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. Your knees can get supported with a decent pair of gardening knee pads.
Split up the irises. You can get more irises by dividing the overgrown clumps. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Plant immediately.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. For example, planting a border consisting of marigolds or onions can repel slugs. Wood ash, when used like mulch, can keep away pests after it is spread around a tree base and shrub seedlings. Natural remedies, like the ones listed, will help reduce the need and usage of harsh chemical pesticides.
Think about starting your peas indoors rather than planting them directly in the garden. When you plant the seeds indoors, your seeds will start to germinate better. This will also make the seedlings hardier, which will help them resist diseases and pests. After the seedlings have grown strong indoors, it will be time for you to transplant them to outdoor beds.
You already have the products, the tools and the skills to get those organic gardens going. This means you are adequately prepared and ready to start! The basic tips provided here will give you a good start in building your own body of knowledge as you work. You might even have learned something you hadn’t known before to use in your organic garden.