Starting and maintaining an organic garden requires a lot of patience, and an affinity for growing plants. The point of organic gardening is to grow healthy, toxin free food that you can enjoy and benefit from. How hard can it be, right? See these tips to learn how to get started with this healthy, rewarding hobby.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants with more strength to deflect those insects and various diseases. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. 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. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. You might want to transplant your most valuable varieties. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. If the grass is too short, it produces shallow roots and that leads to a lawn with brown spots and dried-out patches.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. You might end up losing small plants in a large area, because you did not water them.
Take a look at planting berry-producing evergreens in your yard. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.
Gardening organically is a rewarding hobby that incorporates nature, effort and patience. This hobby makes use of the land around us to grow something that tastes really good. If you are willing to put in the effort and if you follow the tips, you can become a great organic gardener.