The organic garden needs care, so it is important that you devote enough time to this area. Sound organic horticulture techniques can help you do just that. This advice will help you create happier, healthier and tastier produce. Use the following tips to create a flourishing and very rewarding organic garden.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. The healthier the plants you grow, the more resistant they’ll be to illness, fungus, or bugs. If you want to get the best plants, begin with a soil that has hardly any chemicals, and that will bring salts.
Divide your irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Rhizomes, however, need to be divided by using a gardening knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Most nurseries use a lot of plastic that is not recycled. If you want to buy plants, find a nurseries that uses organic methods or grow your plants from seeds.
Take the time to spread around five centimeters of organic mulch near your vegetable plants. Mulch will retain water so that you won’t have to water your plants as often. It also keeps weeds from growing. You will be able to save the time you would spend watering your plants and pulling out weeds.
Having an organic garden means that you can enjoy fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables whenever you want. You’ll have to put in a lot of effort and be patient, but the results organic gardening can give you are worth all the work.