In order to be a good organic gardener, you need to have a lot of patience and a knack for how to take care of plants. It is a hobby with the goal of growing healthy, pesticide-free food to enjoy. This all sounds easy, but the process can sometimes feel complicated. The advice in this article will help you to become a successful organic gardener.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. 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 both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. When you are at work in the garden, you will always have a handy measuring device on each and every tool.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. You will discover that your vegetables are more flavorful than ever before.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Divide rhizomes with a knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. The quicker you can replant your cuttings, the better chances they will reappear next season.
The best gardens will evolve from original seeds rather than transplanted items. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. It is common for commercial plants to be packaged in plastic that is not commonly recycled, and therefore, it is better to use seeds or purchase plantings only from merchants who make use of organic packaging.
Gardening organically is a rewarding hobby that incorporates nature, effort and patience. A hobby that results in growing something delicious to eat. Being a competent organic gardener can be achieved by simply putting in some effort, and learning a few helpful tips.