Many people want an organic garden, but never try it. Fear of failure, given the great care and consideration that must go into it, often scare people away. However, the following article contains many hints and tips that can simplify the process and help you turn that daunting idea into an enjoyable hobby.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
To get the best results, you must use the right soil. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.
Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Separate irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. The bulbs should split up normally in the hand, and should flower when replanted for the next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Each piece needs one strong offshoot. Replant each one immediately.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure is probably the best fertilizer. Choose a commercial product to reduce the risks of pathogen exposure. The options for fertilizing are vast and include environmentally sound choices, so no matter which you choose, just be sure to use one.
You may want to think about having evergreens that will produce berries planted in your yard. These year-round berries will give the rest of your yard a much-needed pop of color, especially in the winter. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.
Hopefully this article has taken all of your apprehension about organic horticulture completely out of the equation. By using the information you have learned from the tips above, you can start to grow the organic garden that you’ve always wanted.