If you invest your time in doing organic gardening properly, the results are obvious. It demonstrates that you are taking organic horticulture seriously and that you are doing all you can to ensure that your plants thrive. This is extremely laudable. As with any skill set, there is always room for you to grow and improve. Here is some advice for you.
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. On the first day, place them in the sun outside for only an hour or so. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
You should make sure to divide your irises. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Divide rhizomes with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. A strong offshoot is needed on every piece that you decide to plant. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
The best gardens from an environmental standpoint originate from seeds, instead of plants. When you grow a new garden, start the environmental way, from seeds. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.
Make sure to fertilize your garden. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
There are natural steps you can take to keep garden pests at bay. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
Try growing your peas indoors for the first couple months. Seeds that are planted indoors will enjoy superior germination. The seedling sprouts will be heartier, giving them a better chance to grow into a healthy adult plant capable of rebuffing diseases. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.
If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. It is important not to use harmful chemical agents, because you are growing produce that is intended to be eaten. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
Now you know how you can use these ideas in your own garden. Great! The tips above will help you to improve your organic garden. Hopefully, you’ve learned things that will help make your organic garden beautiful.