Gardening can be extremely complex, especially when you examine all of its components. Once you have decided to garden organically, you need to learn about your soil’s pH balance, as well as things like natural pesticides. An organic garden can be more than a little challenging for the novice. Follow the tips in the article below, and you will be a pro in no time.
Start your seedlings in pots inside and then transplant them into your garden. Your plants will have a better chance of getting big and healthy! It also allows you to tighten up the time periods between plantings. Your seedlings will be ready to go in as soon as you remove the previous set of mature plants.
Your tool handles can easily be used as handy rulers. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Label the distances using a permanent marker. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Don’t mow your grass too short. By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
For areas with high alkaline, mix coffee grounds into the soil. This is an easy and inexpensive solution to increase the acid content back into the soil. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
It is best to aerate and dry your plants daily. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites. One parasite you have to watch out for in particular is fungi. Fungus can be handled with sprays specifically formulated for fungi control, but you must treat the area with spray before seeing any kind of problems.
Irises can benefit from being separated. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Every piece needs to have a minimum of one good offshoot. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
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.