Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. But, when a person begins organic gardening, they may feel overwhelmed. How can the beginning organic gardener get a handle on how to start out? Well, read the tips below, of course!
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the tops together, and loosely cover the wigwam with a blanket or sheet. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. Purchase a great pair of knee pads; they will provide a cushion for your knees while making gardening more comfortable.
Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. Fungi are a very common and irritating pest in the world of gardening. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
You should make sure to divide your irises. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs should split naturally, and the replanted bulbs will usually flower within a year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
If you pick vegetables around high noon when it is very hot, you are likely to damage them. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.
It is by now obvious how beneficial and enjoyable organic gardening can truly be when you know how to approach it. Growing a garden the right way is a rewarding and relaxing experience. Follow the advice in this article to avoid the common pitfalls associated with organic gardening.