Organic gardening may seem to be a very complicated matter when examined closely. There are so many things to consider, such as proper pH balance, natural but effective pesticides, adequate sunlight and water supplies and so on. Growing an organic garden can be a bit difficult for a newbie. Use the tips below to grow like a pro.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. To make your digging project easier, apply a coat of automobile wax to your shovel first and then buff it lightly. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. You are prepared to plant after this is done.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Proper sunlight is a prerequisite for proper growth. Some flowers have the same requirement for growth.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
You must protect tender, deciduous shrubs. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
Think about adding some berry-producing evergreens to your landscaping. This will keep your garden colorful, even during those months when other plants are not growing. Other plants that boast of winter berries include: Holly, Snowberry and Winterberry.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. These pesticides can kill the useful insects that work as predators to pests. Good bugs are often more sensitive to pesticides than their bad counterparts, so if the population of good bugs goes down, the pest problem can grow. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.