Starting and maintaining an organic garden requires a lot of patience, and an affinity for growing plants. It is a good way to grow healthy fresh foods in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way. Are you intimidated? The following hints and tips can help you grow your own organic garden easily and successfully.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. You need to give them about an hour of sunlight during the first day. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. By weeks end, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. Use a bright permanent marker and label the distances. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. You can also try to offend the cats sense of smell with orange rinds or mothballs.
Are you one of the millions who loves some fresh mint leaves, yet you absolutely hate the way they tend to take over any garden they are planted within? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. You can even plant the container in the ground. That way, the roots won’t be able to escape the container, and the plant won’t overrun your garden.
Split up the irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs split in your hand, then you replant them, and they will most likely flower next year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.
The hobby of organic gardening will take dedication, patience and a little bit of help from Mother Nature. This hobby makes good use of your land to produce tasty vegetables and fruits. It takes a combination of knowledge, skill and experience to become a good organic gardener. The tips you’ve read above will help you towards that goal.
Originally posted 2014-01-15 20:28:59.