To have the most success with your garden, you need to take care of it. Maintain your garden smartly by using efficient methods. Doing so will increase both the quantity and the quality of the produce you grow in your organic garden. Read on to learn the basics of managing your organic garden.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. All it takes is a liquid soap, water, and baking soda mixture. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.
Know the perfect time to harvest the vegetables in your garden. Different vegetables and fruits have their ideal seasons and months where they flourish, survive, and are harvested at the highest quality. For example, some plants, such as zucchini and baby peas, have the most flavor when harvested while young. In contrast, tomatoes are best when left on the vine as long as possible. Educate yourself about the best time to harvest your veggies.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the problem.
Organic gardening is a great way to improve your diet naturally. It is a good source of fresh vegetables and fruits and can improve your health markedly. The gardening process itself requires hard work and dedication, but the end results are worth the effort it takes to grow an organic garden.