In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.
You must be sure to remove all of the weeds that grow in your garden. Weeds can truly ruin a good garden. White vinegar can be a good solution. Weeds can be killed by white vinegar! Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, which makes the grass less prone to drying and other hazards. Short grass tends to have shallow roots, which can cause dried out, brown patches to occur.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Carefully pour boiling water right on the weeds, but be careful not to pour it on the plants you want. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
Divide your irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
These tips are intended to help you become an excellent organic gardener. Keep learning more tricks and start practicing with a few plants. If you use what you’ve learned and keep on learning, you can come up with your own methods of growing a lovely organic garden.