Properly applying different techniques for organic gardening pays off in the long run. It demonstrates that you are taking organic gardening seriously and that you are doing all you can to ensure that your plants thrive. These are worthy goals. As any other skill, your organic gardening skills will only grow with time and experience. Below are some tips to help.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. Place them outside in the sunlight for an hour or two on the first day. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. If you do this correctly, the plants should be able to make their final move at the end of a week’s time.
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.
Divide your irises. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Throw out the center and cut pieces on the outside that are new. Be sure to retain a sturdy offshoot on every piece that you intend to plant. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
Protect the soil around your vegetable plants with an inch or two of organic mulch. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. It will also prevent weeds from growing. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.
Read instructions before using any gardening tool you aren’t familiar with, including pesticides or other chemicals. Use the tools only as directed in the instructions. You might end up damaging your plants or getting a skin irritation. Protect yourself and follow all instructions.
There is always a best time to pick your garden’s vegetables, and you should know them. Each veggie has its own prime time for harvesting. As an example, zucchini and baby peas both have the best flavor when they are harvested at a young age. On the other hand, tomatoes taste best when they are as ripe as possible from the vine. Take some time to learn about the best harvest time for the vegetables that you have growing.
Plant with autumn colors in mind. That doesn’t have to be it though. In the fall, the foliage displays every color of the rainbow. Fall trees sport a variety of colorful leaves that range from subtle yellows to rich crimsons. Cotoneaster, barberry and hydrangea can provide vibrant color if you are considering shrubs for your garden.
You have what you need and the skills to use these tips when gardening. This is great news! Learning is a never-ending process. The tips you have read above, of course, cover just the basics. Hopefully, this article has provided you with a new technique that you can utilize in your organic garden.