Organic horticulture is also cheaper; you don’t have to spend as much money on tools and vegetables. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your organic garden.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.
Your plants need to adapt and must be gradually introduced to changes of environment. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours the very first day.Over the course of a week, gradually build up the amount of hours you leave the plants outside. By the time the week ends, your plants should then be ready for the big move!
Transfer your favorite plants inside so they survive the winter frosts.You might want to transplant your most resistant or expensive plants. Dig carefully around the roots and place them into a pot.
Use annuals and biennials to enliven your flower beds. These biennials and annuals are fast-growing, and they allow you to brighten up your flower bed with a change for each season. They are very useful for filling in the gaps between perennials and shrubs in a sunny area. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
Don’t mow your grass too short!If your grass has more height, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. Short grass is more susceptible to drying out.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs. Tie together the tops, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which prevents rotting.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow to take over your garden? Keep the growth under control by growing them in pots and/or garden containers. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the container will restrict the roots, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
You should make sure to divide irises. You can increase your stock of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. You should split up rhizomes with a knife. Cut healthy pieces from the root stalk and throw out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Each piece you cut should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant your new rhizome pieces right away.
Come up with a gardening plan before planting anything. Doing so means you can remember where each particular plant is when you start seeing sprouts arise from the earth. You might end up losing small plants in a large area, because you did not water them.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.