In the world of organic horticulture, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Label the distances using a permanent marker. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
For the right results, get the right type of soil. What plants you desire determines what type of soil you need in your garden, and whether or not it needs to be amended. It is also possible to set aside a portion of your garden to include just one type of soil.
While caring for your garden in the fall, you will want to keep a lookout for stinkbugs. Stink bugs prefer peppers, beans, tomatoes, and various varieties of fruits. If not managed well, they can wreak havoc on your garden.
When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
Divide irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut healthy pieces from the root stalk and throw out the dead center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
With the above information in hand, you now know a little bit about what is needed to succeed as an organic gardener. There is a ton of info out there when you know the right places to look, and your job is to take that information to apply it to your horticulture. With these tips in mind, you will be able to create your very own methods of creating a great organic garden.