Organic gardening is an activity that a lot of households want to do and think about, but never tackle. Many people feel intimidated by gardening because it is so unfamiliar to them. If you are interested in learning more about organic gardening methods in a simple and straightforward manner, keep reading.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. After a week’s time, the plants should be fine staying outside.
Try planting seeds in pots, and then transferring the seedlings to your garden. This raises the chances of the plants growing until adulthood. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. After you remove the mature plants from your garden, you can immediately replace them with the seedlings and start the cycle over again.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. You can save the ones you spent the most money on or the ones that are resistant. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. 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. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. A good plan can also help you to place each plant in the area that is most beneficial to them.
Once you understand the advice contained in this article, you will no longer feel so hesitant to try organic gardening. With your new-found knowledge, your organic garden is sure to be a success, and you will be enjoying the fruits of your labor in no time!