A lot of people are becoming more aware of the chemicals that are put in our everyday produce and how this can harm them, this is why they decide to grow organically. Another benefit of organic horticulture is that it is relatively inexpensive. This article provides several useful tips that will help you improve your organic gardening techniques.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. 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 keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Plant annuals and biennials to make your flower beds brighter. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
In the cold winter months, you can salvage certain plants by bringing them into the house. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Remember to be gentle when digging up your plants; carefully dig away from the roots and gently place the plant into a container.
To get the best results in your garden, you need to use a good quality soil. Depending on what type of plants you have, your soil may or may not be adapted. It is also possible to set aside a portion of your garden to include just one type of soil.
Carefully plan your garden first. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. In addition, some plants are so small you might forget you planted them once all your plants sprout. Planning stops these plants from getting lost in the crowd.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. Just pour boiling water directly on top of the weeds cautiously to avoid damaging your plants. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. Fungi is very common. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. You can simply put the container below the soil level. Once you do, the container will constrain the roots, preventing them from overshadowing all of your other plants.
Split up the irises. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. After the foliage dies, pick up bulbous irises. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. There needs to be a minimum of one healthy offshoot on each of the new sprout sections. Replant the new shoots right away.
Putting the advice you just learned to use in your organic garden will help you realize several benefits, including having healthy plants and a reduction in toxins. A flourishing organic garden will also be an open invitation to some very interesting creatures of the wild that you can look forward to seeing.