More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Try to have a plan with your garden. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
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. A pair of good gardening knee pads can cushion your knees for more comfort.
Divide your irises. You can get more irises by dividing the overgrown clumps. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant your pieces right away.
A quality garden must be grown from seeds. When planting a garden, the best way is to initially start with seeds. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. Planting a natural garden also encourages wildlife to enjoy your garden, and this even benefits the plants growing within.