When you actually take the time to break down gardening, it is actually an intricate and complex hobby. Some things to consider are the natural pH balance of the soil and fighting insects the natural way. Keeping up a natural garden is very rewarding but takes some work. If you are just getting started, growing organic may be trying. You can do it well by taking advantage of the advice that offered below.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. 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. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. You may be able to save your most resistant or expensive plants. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
Allow enough room between plants for air to circulate, so that plants do not stay too wet. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. Fungi is a common problem in the world of plants. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
Use natural pest control when possible. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
If you have a vegetable garden, it can be quite difficult to decide what to do about pest control. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. By noticing them at an early stage, you can simply pluck them away from your plants with your fingers.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. If you grow rhododendrons, azaleas or gardenias, increase the acid in your your soil by working in coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.
Tend to a garden as a way to relax. You can relax and be at peace in many different ways. Gardening is a relatively easy way to pursue this goal. There are numerous returns based on a very small monetary investment. The joy of eating food you created as well as enjoying the beauty of your garden is the best return of all.
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.