Organic horticulture doesn’t have to be grueling work. Indeed, it can be quite enjoyable. Yet for someone who is just a novice, gardening can be a really intimidating thing to think about. The question is, what can a beginner do to become knowledgeable on organic gardening? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. This will make your task easier because the clay won’t stick to the shovel. It will also keep your garden tool from rusting.
Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Pretty much any vegetable you plant in your garden requires sunshine for this duration. It allows them to grow in the proper manner and also much faster. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.
Separate irises. Overgrown clumps of irises can be divided up to increase your numbers of this lovely flower. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Another way to help them grow is by watering them with the liquid that is left from cooking vegetables. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. Some types of plant fungus problems can be solved by sprinkling with chamomile tea.
Make sure to water your garden properly. You can save time by using soaker hoses when watering plants. By doing this, you won’t need to water your plants individually. Use low water pressure for your hose so that you do not cause harm to the tender members of your garden. Let it water the plants for a while as you do other things.
It should now be clear to you why so many people find organic gardening enjoyable. Working in your garden will bring you great relaxation while you have a fun experience. Using what you’ve learned here will help you sow your organic garden.