Taking the time to use good gardening practices really shows in the end. Your caring skills will shine through in the quality of your garden. That is an admirable thing. With anything else you can always improve. The following tips are given to help you with this.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Brighten up your flower beds with annuals and biennials. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Notable collections include sunflower, marigold, hollyhock, rudbeckia, cosmos, and petunia.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. 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. You can often find Cooperative Extension offices that provide this service, which can help to make your garden flourish.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Most vegetables that can be grown need that much sun to grow well and quickly. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
Before you start planting your garden, plan it out. This will assist you in recognizing your tiny plants when they start to pop up. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Split up irises. You can get more irises by dividing the overgrown clumps. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Divide rhizomes with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
You now possess the information, the equipment, and the required skills to use what you’ve just read to grow a fantastic organic garden. Awesome! These tips should provide you with a good basis for your gardening. Hopefully you have found at least one new strategy to utilize in your organic garden.