Organic gardening is becoming an increasingly popular activity. By using the advice below, you will be able to get started in organic gardening and create a thriving and beautiful garden. Follow our tips and reap the rewards.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. The period between plantings will also be shorter. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. You can fill any spaces between shrubs and perennials when they are in the sun. There are many different varieties to choose from such as daisies, marigolds, impatiens, and lantana.
Irises should be divided. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. Lift the dead 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. Divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Purchase an inexpensive gardening kneeling pad, as well as a wheelbarrow or wagon. Working in the garden means you’ll be down on the ground a lot. This can cause knee pain, so if you have a stool, you’ll have an easier time. As well, gardening can involve some heavy lifting and moving, so a strong wheelbarrow can really make that aspect much more effortless.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, the bad pest population may grow. When this happens, you will spray another round of pesticides to get rid of the pests, thus creating a never-ending cycle for yourself.
This advice you just read should show you that with a bit of work and perseverance, you can get your organic garden into full bloom. Use the tips you found here, mixed with some of your own ideas, to have a productive, environmentally friendly garden. Regardless of what specific insights you choose to apply, they’ll help you successfully grow whatever you choose to plant.