Organic gardening can either be a wonderful hobby, or a nuisance nightmare. The following suggestions will guide you on how to be a very successful organic gardener.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
You need to consider beginning the plants into pots. Then, you can plant the seedlings into your garden. By allowing them to sprout first, you are increasing the odds of a seedling reaching maturity. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. The seedlings are ready to go, once you remove the mature plants.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
If your soil has high alkaline amounts, mix some coffee grounds into it. Coffee grounds contain plenty of acid to get the soil back to a good balance. This solution will make the vegetables you grow healthier and more flavorful.
Split up your irises. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Learn the appropriate time to pick different vegetables. For the optimum flavor, be sure to follow the guidelines for planting and picking. For instance, zucchini and baby peas have the best taste when you pick them early. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. So, learn about the ideal harvest time for your vegetables.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. Every time you enjoy your vegetables, fruits, flowers or just take a satisfying glance around your garden, you’ll realize that all your efforts have been worth it. When you follow the organic gardening advice in the article above, you will have a successful and delicious bounty of fresh foods.