You are committed to the idea of planting a garden that works well with the environment. The timing is perfect, and it is time for you to begin. The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic gardening success.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. 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 shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. A lot of Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and you can prevent ruining a few crops by identifying the specific steps to take.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Get some gardening knee pads if you find yourself kneeling on the ground a lot to do your gardening. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. A set of quality knee pads designed for gardening can be a world of relief for your central leg joints.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Boiling water can hurt the roots of weeds and can prevent them from growing.
Tend to a garden as a way to relax. There are many ways to find personal relaxation and peace. Of these, gardening is by far one of the most enjoyable and easiest to start. It does not have a large start-up cost and yields many returns. Your beautiful lush garden will allow you to reap a harvest of peaceful tranquility.
Vegetables are softer when they are warmer, increasing the risk that you will damage them. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.
You can attract the insects you need by planting heather. Bees are very attracted to heather. When heather is first formed during the spring, it’s an early nectar source. Heather doesn’t usually require a lot of tending, so spiders, ground beetles and other good bugs like to call it home. Protect yourself from being surprised by these bugs by donning gardening gloves before disturbing your heather beds.
You will now be better prepared as you start pursuing organic gardening. With the knowledge you have, you should be ready for anything! The tips above should have given you some advice and a few ideas, so that you can begin an organic gardening adventure in your own backyard.