Organic gardening is as old as human cultivation but many people are just discovering the benefits. Using the information in this article will help you to quickly get up to speed on how to grow your own organic garden. Just follow the tips and tricks outlined here and get ready for some beautiful results!
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. After a week’s time, the plants should be fine staying outside.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. Fungi is a common problem in the world of plants. It is possible to control fungi by using fungicide sprays. However, these sprays should be used before issues become apparent.
You should divide irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Replant right away.
An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. You should also try using a bit of coffee grounds or tea to increase the acidity of the soil for your gardenias or your rhododendrons. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.
For visual interest, make one plant a focal point of your garden. A good garden design will have a focal point which captivates attention. In most cases, an original plant makes a good focal point.
Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. Vegetables and fruits should always be cut from the vine, not twisted; twisting subjects a plant to needless stress.
Beautiful insects are attracted to heather when you plant it. Heather is desirable to bees; when heather emerges in early spring, it can be a source of nectar. Spiders, ground beetles, and other useful insects spend time in undisturbed heather beds. Keep this in mind and always wear gloves when you prune your heather!
To create an English garden, combine a lot of different plants in the same garden. Plants that are all at the same height makes a garden bed look flat and uninteresting.
If you want to start a small organic garden indoors, evaluate the amount of natural light that is present. If your house or apartment doesn’t get a lot of natural light, one option is to grow something that only requires medium or low light. If this is not an option, or you have your heart set on a particular type of plant, consider adding additional growing lights instead.
As mentioned earlier, it will take time and effort to achieve the goals you have for your organic garden. Patience will be required. Following the suggestions outlined above should help you get your organic garden off the ground more effectively. This advice can help you achieve success regardless of what you choose to plant in your garden.