One of the best ways to improve your diet and make it healthier is to start and maintain an organic garden. Much patience and effort are required though, in order to produce a successful and flourishing organic garden. Are you wondering where to start?
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. This will help the plants make it to full growth. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. As soon as the mature plants are removed, you can replace them with fresh seedlings.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. It can avoid ruined vegetables and flowers, so check with places, such as a cooperative extension department to see where you can obtain the analysis.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. If you choose your plants carefully, you could have flowers in blossom from the first weeks of spring to the end of the summer.
When autumn has arrived, you must plant everything you want to eat before winter. Try using a pumpkin as a natural plant pot. You can plant fall vegetables such as lettuce in an empty pumpkin shell. After cutting an opening and removing the meat and seeds from inside the pumpkin, use Wilt-Pruf, sprayed throughout the inside and cut edges, and prevent rot from occurring. After this is completed, it is time to plant!
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
When planting anything, think about planting for color so that you have something to enjoy in the fall. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be. The autumn season can be one of the best growing seasons and is certainly the most colorful. Maple trees produce yellow and red leaves, just like Beech and Dogwood trees. Cotoneaster, barberry and hydrangea can provide vibrant color if you are considering shrubs for your garden.
So, as you have seen, it is true that organic horticulture requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. It is very true, as well, that to see results, you must stick with it. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic horticulture.