Organic gardening may be a major pain, or a joyous hobby. Use the tips presented here to make the most out of your earth friendly organic garden.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. It is worth having this information so that crops do not get ruined. Most Cooperative Extension offices provide this service.
Don’t cut your grass too short! When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. This holds true for some types of flowers.
Make sure that you divide your irises! If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. One major benefit of growing your own produce is knowing that they haven’t been treated with pesticides and other harsh chemicals. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. Taking the pests off of the plants by hand is one of the best fixes if you are able to catch the infestation in its early stages.
As you have seen from the above article, there is quite a bit more to successful organic gardening than a lot of people realize. You may have to put in a fair amount of effort, but at the end of the day you will have a wonderful garden. By using the advice you learned here, you will be well on the path to becoming an organic gardening pro.