Organic gardening can either be a wonderful hobby, or a nuisance nightmare. Here are some suggestions to get you on the right path to successful organic gardening.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. Healthy and well-nourished plants will be hardier and therefore better able to prevent pests from taking hold. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. A variety of flowers that will thrive in your region are available.
While caring for your garden in the fall, you will want to keep a lookout for stinkbugs. They like fruits, as well as peppers, beans and tomatoes. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. The seeds will get the hydration they need to start growing. The seeds will be better able to survive and grow up.
When mowing your lawn, avoid mowing the grass too short. By leaving your grass a little taller, you are allowing it to become stronger, as the roots grow stronger and deeper. Cutting your grass too short will cause it to dry out and turn brown in patches throughout your yard.
Do you enjoy fresh mint, but don’t like how they engulf your garden in their growth? You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
Divide irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Make use of a knife to split up rhizomes. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Put a couple of inches of organic mulch around each of your vegetable plants. When you place mulch around your plants, it keeps the ground more moist. It will also prevent the growth of weeds. You’ll find this is a time saver since you won’t have to pull them later.
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. Otherwise, you are likely to have skin irritations flare up, which can be extremely painful and uncomfortable. Keep yourself safe and always follow instructions.
When deciding on which plants to include in your landscaping projects, consider evergreens which produce colorful berries. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. These plants can help you get some color during the winter months: Winterberry, Common Snowberry, American Holly, and American Cranberrybush.
Organic gardening, while requiring a good effort for great results, is a great way to live a greener life. Your hard work will pay off once your garden grows and you can eat healthy vegetables. If you use the advice above, you can improve your skills at organic gardening.