An organic garden is an interest you have. You’ve come to the right place! These tips will help you start an organic garden.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. More CO2 generally produces more luxurious plant growth. A greenhouse will provide plants with an environment rich in carbon dioxide. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.
If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Moisture can be a magnet for disease and parasites on your plants. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
You should make sure to divide your irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Split rhizomes with a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Replant them immediately.
Start a new garden from seeds. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
Broad-spectrum pesticide is not a good garden choice. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. 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. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.
Now you should have more information about organic horticulture. With the knowledge you have, you should be ready for anything! You can grow an organic garden, now that you have the right tips and information.