All it takes to grow an organic garden is a few natural growing methods. You just have to learn these ways and utilize them.
Learn about plant varieties so you can choose the ones with the best yields. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
When horticulture in the fall, you need to be watching for stink bugs. Stink bugs like to eat beans, peppers, tomatoes, and all sorts of fruit. If left uncontrolled, they can cause substantial damage in your garden, so make plans for how to protect your plants from these pests.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
When dealing with any type of seeds in gardening, it’s important that you soak them overnight in a cool, dark location. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Divide irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. Lift the dead bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. Mulch keeps soil moist for longer periods of time. It also keeps weeds from growing. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Being a novice gardener, you should ensure that you follow the directions carefully for tool and chemical use. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Keep yourself safe by carefully following all instructions.
Prepare the ground for a perennial garden quickly and easily. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.
Take the season and weather conditions into account when determining how much water to give your plants. The amount of water you will need will vary according to your climate and even such factors as the part of day and soil type. For instance, in warm and balmy locations, it is important not to water leaves, as doing so tends to foster fungus growth. Water the plants root system thoroughly instead.
Anyone can plant a garden, but only those with the proper knowledge will receive the most out of their crop. Put this advice to work for you.