Most people in our society have heard about the benefits of eating organic, or seen organic products in the grocery store. Organic items are easy to spot on the shelves. They are usually in fancy packages and very pricey. Check out the tips in this article and find out how to grow your own organic garden at home.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.
You can dry herbs by putting them in your car. You can neatly arrange them on a sheet of newspaper in a single layer. Then close the doors and windows and let it air dry. The warmth in the car will dry the herbs quickly. The herbs themselves will create a very nice aroma.
If you grow roses or rosebushes, spray them with a solution of 1/3 cup powdered milk in about a quart of water once a week or so. The powered milk solution will be sticky on the leaves and stems of your roses which will trap aphids and protect your roses.
To keep pests out of your garden without using chemicals, try planting onions at your garden’s borders. The scent of the onion will work as a natural repellent and will keep many creatures from disturbing your plants. As an added bonus, this allows you to regularly have fresh onions to use in your cooking.
You should make sure to divide your irises. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. 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.
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing when gardening. Never work in the garden in bare feet or sandals. Wear shoes that lace up and give good cushioning and arch support. If it is hot and sunny out, wear a hat to shade from the sun and clothes that will protect the skin from burning. The more comfortable you are, the more you will enjoy your garden.
To bring birds to your garden, add plants that will naturally attract them. One of the best plants for attracting birds are sunflowers. Birds are naturally drawn to their height and scent. Birds also love small trees like Japanese maples and dogwood trees, as well as most kinds of shrubs or vines.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.