Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. Also, organic gardening can save you a lot of money. To begin your journey into the world of organic gardening, follow these tips.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. On the first day, put them out in sunlight for about an hour or so. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. By the week’s end, your plants should then be ready for the big move!
Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.
Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
If you’re planning on gardening, carefully watch for stink bugs! You should be particularly careful during Autumn. Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Remove your garden’s weeds! Weeds can be extremely detrimental to your garden. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. Weeds can be killed by white vinegar! Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
When it’s autumn, you know what that means. It’s time to plant fall vegetables! Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. 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. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.
Split up the 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 bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant right away.
Start a new garden from seeds. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. Very few nurseries recycle the plastics that they use as containers for their plants, so the majority of these containers are thrown away and dumped in landfills. Therefore, it is better for the environment to plant a garden with seeds or to find a nursery that packages its plants using organic materials.
Start using these tips to grow your own organic food and help preserve the environment. Keep in mind that you can expect to see increase in wildlife when your garden begins to grow and work with nature.