Your goal is to plant the best organic garden possible. What perfect timing! The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic horticulture success.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Plants need a sufficient amount of CO2 for proper maximum growth. Plants tend to grow better when the CO2 levels are higher. Greenhouses typically provide plants with high levels of CO2. Make sure to keep CO2 levels high to provide the best growing environment for your plants.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
A set of comfortable knee pads makes a great investment if your garden is full of plant material that stays low to the ground. The time that you will have to spend on your knees in your garden can cause you unnecessary knee pain. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Place at least an inch of mulch that is organic in with your veggies! Mulching helps keep moisture in the soil. In addition, it will keep the weeds from growing. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides can also kill useful insects that eat your pests. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. This can lead to needing even more pesticides to eliminate the problem insects.
Grow heather so that you can attract useful insects. Heather is very attractive to bees, and when bees first emerge in the spring, it is an early source of nectar. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. If you do have to tend to your heather, wear gloves in case you accidentally annoy one of the residents!
You now know the basics of organic horticulture and can get started soon. With the knowledge you have, you should be ready for anything! The advice you have received should get you well on your way to growing a lovely and productive organic garden.