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.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Some climbers that have proven to be reliable are honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, clematis, and climbing roses.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most members of the vegetable family need this minimum of light for proper growth. This is true of some flowers.
If your soil is highly alkaline, try mixing used coffee grounds into the soil. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. Balanced soil will produce more flavorful, crisp vegetables and greens.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! Plant the container in the ground, but its walls will hold those roots captive, and will prevent the plant from engulfing your garden!
Make sure you read instructions on products and tools before using them. If you fail to follow the directions, you expose yourself to safety hazards or a risk of experiencing adverse reactions. Always follow packaging directions to ensure your body’s safety.
Take a look at planting berry-producing evergreens in your yard. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
Heat softens vegetables, so you can damage them immensely by pulling them out of the ground or cutting them off vines when it is too hot outside. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.
When horticulture, protecting your knees is important. Bending over from a standing position is something many people cannot do. Kneeling down on the ground is a more comfortable way for many people to tend to their gardening chores. Use a pad to kneel upon and protect your knees from possible pain.
Easily and quickly prepare your ground for a garden of perennials. Use your spade to slice chunks of turf up, then flip each piece over, and spread wood chips on top to a depth of four inches. Wait two weeks, then dig in and plant the new perennials.
Add three inches of mulch to your flower beds. Not only will you be adding nutrients, but weeds will be less likely to grow and moisture will be retained more easily. Mulch also completes your garden, giving it a finished appearance.
Now you know a little more on how you can be a successful organic gardener. There is lots of information, and it’s important you know how you should apply it. Keep this advice in mind and put it to good work for you in your own organic garden and hopefully, yield very successful and beautiful results.