You have finally understood how an organic garden could save you money on groceries. Now’s the time! The following tips can help you realize your plans for your garden.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Plants require a good amount of CO2 in order to grow to their maximum height. A high level of CO2 provides an optimum environment for growth. A great way to reach these CO2 levels is through a greenhouse. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.
Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. Using coffee grounds is a less expensive way to make your soil more acidic than trying to replace your topsoil. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungi commonly afflict a number of plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
Try dividing the irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
It can be tough to keep insects and other plant-ruining crawlies from infesting your garden. Don’t spray harsh chemicals since they will spoil your veggies. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. 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.
Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. To add acidity to the soil of your rhododendrons and gardenias, use coffee or tea grounds. A natural cure for plant fungus is chamomile tea. Sprinkle some on the plant, and see if it works.
Dress to protect your skin from sun damage when you garden. Wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sunblock. By protecting yourself from the sun’s rays, you lower your risk of getting sunburns or skin cancer.
You should teach your children how to garden alongside you. A garden can provide a wonderful learning experience for children, and will give you an opportunity to bond with them while you produce healthy food.
Stay on top of your organic gardening to-do list, and don’t let the work pile up. If you can’t get out in your garden every day, there are still a number of things you can do to keep things from falling into disarray during your absence. You can pull a few weeds when you take your dog outside.
At this point, you should feel more confident about your gardening skills. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. The tips included here will help you create the most beautiful and abundant organic garden you can, so enjoy!