For some people, organic gardening is a relaxing activity, while for others, it is a bother. The following suggestions will guide you on how to be a very successful organic gardener.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. It is quite common to find that hybrids, which are often able to resist disease and withstand cold climates, produce yields much larger than their conventional counterparts.
It’s sometimes possible to save certain plants from winter cold by bringing them inside. You may be able to save your most resistant or expensive plants. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
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. Some flowers have the same requirement for growth.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. There are many effective fungicide products that will prevent fungi growth and clear up any existing problems as well.
Separate irises. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. You should split up rhizomes by utilizing a blade. You can split the Rhizomes production by cutting off thin portions from the exterior and discarding the remaining insides. A strong offshoot is needed on every piece that you decide to plant. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Useful insects are more sensitive to these pesticides than the pests, so by killing them, you could be growing your pest population. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
To deter meddlesome dogs from destroying your garden, you should use heavily scented substances around the perimeter. You can even use perfume! This kind of scent is going to mask the scents your dog is attracted to. If your dog has no interesting smell to follow, the garden will not be a tempting place.
You don’t want to pick vegetables during the day when it is hot, as that is when they are prone to damage due to them being softer. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.
Allow your children to assist with the work to be done in your organic garden. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. This fights weeds, retains moisture, and gives your garden valuable nutrients. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
Work efficiently in your garden. By having your tools in one location, you will not spend hours looking for them. Have all of tools you will need for the day before you head out your garden. When you are finished, put them away neatly for the next time. If you need, use a tool belt or even pants that have quite a few pockets.
Organic gardening is a more involved form of gardening than is often realized. It takes effort and a willingness to learn. It is rewarding for those with patience, supplying healthy food and an attractive addition to the home. By applying the advice of the preceding paragraphs, you’ll set sail for a beautiful organic gardening horizon.