Taking the time to use good gardening practices really shows in the end. Being motivated to take care of your garden and wanting to put some time and efforts in it is a great thing. This is an admirable goal! As with any activity requiring a certain set of skills, you can continuously improve and develop your organic gardening skills. Keep reading for suggestions.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
It is very important to keep the weeds from taking over in your garden. Weeds steal nutrients from plants, robbing a garden of its potential harvest. White vinegar is one option you can use in your routine weed removal. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. If you are too busy to pull weeds by hand, make a white vinegar solution and keep it handy for a quick spray when needed.
Cooling weather of early fall signals the opportune time to plant seasonal edibles. Clay pots are boring, so replace those ordinary lettuce and kale pots with pumpkins. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
Prior to planting your garden, devise a plan. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. You might end up losing small plants in a large area, because you did not water them.
You have the tools, the products, and the skill set to apply those tips to your organic garden. This is great news! As with most things, organic gardening requires that you never stop learning to improve your craft. Take the tips from above to boost your knowledge arsenal about organic gardening. With luck, you have learned something you can use to get the most from your garden.