Successful organic horticulture requires the use of some particular methods and techniques. You just need to learn them and use them.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Carefully dig around the rootball and replant in an appropriate pot.
If beautiful flowers throughout the warmer months are important to you, make sure you put bulbs into the ground. Bulbs are usually very hearty and very easy to grow, and bulbs will grow year after year. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungi are a very common and irritating pest in the world of horticulture. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
Divide your irises. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. Lift the dead bulbous irises. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.
A good fertilizer is important to add nutrients to your soil. Manure is very effective in helping plants grow, although it is important to use a commercially composted product to minimize the risk of pathogens. Choosing a specific type of fertilizer is not particularly critical; as long as you’re using fertilizer, you’re improving your soil.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Onions and marigolds can get rid of pests in the garden. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Place organic mulch as close to your vegetables as you can. Mulching helps keep moisture in the soil. It also prevents weed growth. This can save you a lot of time and effort in pulling out the weeds.
If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.
Be efficient when working in your garden. Do not waste your time looking for tools. Before you start work in the garden, make sure you have the necessary tools, and always remember to put them away when you are finished. You may also wish to invest in a tool belt to keep all of your tools within reach while horticulture.
Just about anyone who wants to plant a garden can plant one, but only those who truly understand what it takes will be successful. Make sure to use these organic tips.