You desire a vibrant and healthy organic garden. Well your timing could not be more perfect! Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. With a permanent marker, note pertinent measurements on the tool handle. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
Try dividing the irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.
Look for evergreen variants that produce berries. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.
If you want the best tasting vegetables, learn about the optimum time to harvest them. Each variety needs a slightly different amount of growing time to produce the most flavorful vegetable. Many vegetables are best when picked young; baby peas are a prime example. Tomatoes, though, are tastiest when they have been allowed to ripen on the vine as long as possible. Educate yourself about the best time to harvest your veggies.
Gardening should be a relaxing activity. While there are many different ways to relax, choosing the right one for you is key. Of these, gardening is by far one of the most enjoyable and easiest to start. It does however require a small investment of money but has tremendous returns. One particularly enjoyable return is the pride you will feel when you grow your own food.
Be smart when you water your garden. Use a hose with a soaker attachment to save you time, so the garden can get watered while you are doing other tasks. Keep water pressure on your hose low so you don’t harm fragile plants. It can water the plants for two hours so that you can do other things.
Hopefully these tips have helped to prepare you for having an organic garden. If you thought you were prepared previously, then you should be at a pro’s level now! The above tips should help you begin growing an organic garden that is beautiful and healthy.