It’s now time to develop a fresh and nutritious organic garden. What do you need to do get started? Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.
Your plants will respond better to gradual changes of environment. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Throughout the week, gradually increase the time they are spent outside. At week’s end, the plants should be welcoming of their new home.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
Bulbs will give you wonderful flowers that you can enjoy in early spring and right through the summer. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. Find out which flowers will bloom when and then plant a variety, so that you can have fresh blooms all the way through the spring and summer!
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.
Split up irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant right away.
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. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.
Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Each variety needs a slightly different amount of growing time to produce the most flavorful vegetable. Veggies such as zucchini or baby peas, for instance, taste their best if they get picked young. Tomatoes, though, are tastiest when they have been allowed to ripen on the vine as long as possible. Educate yourself about the best time to harvest your veggies.
After reading this article, you should have all the information necessary to start your organic garden. Even if you already felt pretty prepared, the advice you’ve read should make you feel like an expert. The advice you have received should get you well on your way to growing a lovely and productive organic garden.