Organic gardening is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can enjoy it. However, for a beginner, the whole horticulture experience can be a very intimidating thing to enter into. How should a novice approach the learning experience of growing plants? They should read this article, obviously!
So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
Keep an eye open for stink bugs in your garden, especially during the fall months. Fruits, peppers and tomatoes are among the foods they love to eat. If not managed well, they can wreak havoc on your garden.
Prior to planting your garden, devise a plan. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Split up irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
When it comes to harvesting your vegetables, know when the optimal time is to do so. Different vegetables have different, ideal times that they should be picked for best flavor. 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. Thus, you ought to familiarize yourself with the best times to pick the produce from your garden.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. Cultivating your green thumb is a relaxing, engaging hobby that the whole family can enjoy. Use these tips to get your organic garden up and running in no time.