Starting an organic garden can be a fruitful hobby, as long as you avoid major pitfalls. These tips should help you to become a better organic gardener.
The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. On the first day, put them out in sunlight for about an hour or so. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. 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. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Choose plants that will give you the most yield at harvest time. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
When partaking in horticulture activities, particularly in the autumn months, keep an eye on those stink bugs. This insect will gladly devour your tomatoes, beans, and peppers, as well as a variety of other fruits. If they go unnoticed, they can cause large amounts of harm to your garden, so remember to take protective measures to reduce the population of stink bugs there.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. After cutting an opening and removing the meat and seeds from inside the pumpkin, use Wilt-Pruf, sprayed throughout the inside and cut edges, and prevent rot from occurring. You can start planting now.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. This increases the chances of survival for the seeds.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This tactic is better than utilizing plastic, because it will allow air to circulate.
Try dousing weeds in your garden with boiling water to get rid of them. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
If you would love to have access to fresh and healthy mint leaves from your own back yard, but dread the way the plant spreads so quickly, worry not. That’s why it’s better to place mint in containers rather than letting it have free rein in your garden. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Put a couple of inches of organic mulch around each of your vegetable plants. Mulch is used to keep extra moisture and provide nutrients for your plants. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. This will save you having to constantly pull weeds.
Organic gardening, while requiring a good effort for great results, is a great way to live a greener life. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.