In order to be a good organic gardener, you need to have a lot of patience and a knack for how to take care of plants. The aim is to grow food for the family that is both healthy and free of chemicals and pesticides. It actually isn’t as hard as it sounds. The advice in this article will help you to become a successful organic gardener.
The first thing you can do to avoid pests is to start with healthy soil in your garden. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. You can now use it to plant in, as you would a pot.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Do not mow your lawn too short. If your grass has more height, roots be able to grow more deeply in the soil, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
One natural method of weed removal is called “boiling”. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. This can cause enough damage to the roots of any plant to kill it.
Irises can be easily divided. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Use a knife to divide the rhizomes. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Every piece is suppose to have at least one durable offshoot. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
The hobby of organic gardening will take dedication, patience and a little bit of help from Mother Nature. This hobby allows you to use the land and grow delicious food. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.