In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Select plant types that will bring a higher profits and yield. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. This will give your seeds a healthy head start in the growth process. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Most vegetables require this amount of sun in order to grow properly and at a quicker pace. This is true of some flowers.
If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase gardening knee pads. Gardening is supposed to be relaxing and enjoyable; you don’t want to finish every gardening session with aching, throbbing knees. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
You should divide irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs split in your hand, then you replant them, and they will most likely flower next year. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. Replant immediately.
With the above information in hand, you now know a little bit about what is needed to succeed as an organic gardener. There is a lot of information to be had and you need to know how to apply it. If you keep this information in mind, you should be able to grow a great organic garden in no time.