Organic gardening can either be a major headache, or a very relaxing hobby. The following collection of tips will help you to become a savy organic gardener.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Carefully dig up the plants, using caution not to disturb the roots, then transfer into a pot.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. This will assist you in recognizing your tiny plants when they start to pop up. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
Split up your irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Divide your pieces carefully; they should each have one good quality offshoot apiece. Replant each one immediately.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
To deter meddlesome dogs from destroying your garden, you should use heavily scented substances around the perimeter. You can even use perfume! This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.
Try mixing various plants that have different heights to create an interesting garden setup. If you use plants that are all the same size your garden will look flat.
As you now know, organic gardening isn’t as simple as you may have thought. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. Using the tips that you just learned you can improve your skills in organic gardening.