There are a variety of all-natural techniques that you can employ that will create a healthy, vibrant organic garden. Just learn some techniques, and put the ones that resonate with you into practice.
Transform your horticulture tool handles into clever measurement rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. Use a permanent marker to label distances. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
When the fall season arrives, it is time to plant your fall edibles. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Once you have completed this, start planting!
Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Put a few seeds in a small container and fill it near to the top with water. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
Protect your plants from moisture on a daily basis. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungi commonly afflict a number of plants. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
Irises should be divided. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Divide rhizomes with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
Don’t forget to use a good fertilizer in your garden. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
Just about anyone who wants to plant a garden can plant one, but only those who truly understand what it takes will be successful. Implement these important concepts in building a truly organic garden.