Organic gardening is as old as human cultivation but many people are just discovering the benefits. By using the right tips for the job, anyone can go from knowing little about organic gardening to developing a reliable green thumb. Just follow the tips and tricks outlined here and get ready for some beautiful results!
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. This raises the chances of the plants growing until adulthood. The period between plantings will also be shorter. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
If you want your garden full of flowers spring through summer, plant bulbs. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
Pre-soak your seeds through the night in a dark area. Place a small amount of seeds in a little container, while filling it to the brim with water. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.
When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. When the grass is a little longer, the roots will be stronger and the lawn becomes more resistant. Leaving the grass short makes it more prone to drying out, which leaves your lawn look really brown and yucky.
This advice you just read should show you that with a bit of work and perseverance, you can get your organic garden into full bloom. Use what you learned today, and apply it to your garden to see how much of a difference it makes. The above hints will help no matter what you’re going to grow.