Gardening is a surprisingly complicated subject at times. Choosing to garden organically means learning about many details, such as your soil’s acidity or what sort of insects live in your garden. Organic gardening can be quite challenging for anyone with limited experience. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Learn about plant varieties so you can choose the ones with the best yields. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. Seeds that are grown in this way have a higher survival and maturity rate.
Divide irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Try to life the bulbous irises when foliage begins to die. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
There are many natural substances that are effective for warding off unwanted visitors. For example, slugs can be deterred by the presence of marigolds or onions. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.