More and more people are realizing the wonders of organic gardening. By using the advice below, you will be able to get started in organic gardening and create a thriving and beautiful garden. Just put these tips to work in your own garden to yield delicious and nutritious results.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Use climbing vines or plants to cover fences and walls. Known commonly as climbers, these plants are very versatile, easy to grow, and they will quickly spread out to cover up walls and fences within a single season. They can also grow through existing shrubs or trees, or be trained to cover an arbor. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
Be sure to water your garden daily. Without daily water, your garden may quickly turn sour. If the idea of pulling out a hose daily is too much for you to stomach, consider installing some sort of sprinkler system. There is a cost, but it can save a lot of headaches and actually pay for itself via a healthy crop!
Keep a garden journal and take photographs of your garden as it grows. It’s easy to start the season with high expectations for your gardening. But as the time wears on, it’s just as easy to lose steam. A journal and photos can help inspire and engage you along the way!
Protect your seedlings from frost with clay pots. Early spring is a perilous time for a new garden. You want to get your plants going as soon as possible to ensure plenty of grow time, but a single frost can wipe out your fragile seedlings. To protect your tiny plants from frost at night, simply place a small, upside down clay pot on each seedling. They will insulate from the cold and protect from the wind.
If frost has killed your pumpkins before they’ve had a chance to turn orange, it’s not too late to save them. Cut the pumpkins off the vine, leaving a minimum of 4 inches of the vine on the top of the pumpkin. Wash them thoroughly with water mixed with a small amount of bleach to prevent the development of mold. Bring them inside, and place them in a warm, sunny location, turning them occasionally so the sun can reach all the green areas of the pumpkin. Within a few weeks or less, you’ll have bright orange pumpkins to carve into jack-o-lanterns or use to make homemade pumpkin pie.
It just takes some time and patience to be able to grow a good organic garden. Start implementing the hints and tips you’ve been given to find out what an incredible garden you can grow. Regardless of what specific insights you choose to apply, they’ll help you successfully grow whatever you choose to plant.