Organic gardening can either be a wonderful hobby, or a nuisance nightmare. If you want to be a great organic gardener, follow these hints.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. You can plant the seedlings once you have removed the old plants.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Keep in mind that different bulb types bloom differently and at different time periods, so when you choose a bulb plan accordingly, you can have your plant blooms lasting spring into summer.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. 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.
Irises should be divided. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.
As you now know, organic gardening isn’t as simple as you may have thought. It requires patience and work, but it’s worth it to have a successful organic garden. Simply by reading through the techniques provided to you in this article, you should find yourself much more informed and capable of organic gardening.