There are many people who’d like to have their own organic garden, but not many take the time to actually create one. It can be intimidating to someone who does not know anything about organic gardening. Read through this article and you can gain better insight on what it takes to start and grow your own organic garden; it’s not as hard as it may seem.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Put them out in the sun for approximately one to two hours on the very first day. Throughout the week, you should increase a little at a time how long you have them outside. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Plant annuals and biennials to make your flower beds brighter. The annuals and biennials are usually fast growing because they only last one season, and this will let you change the garden every season for a nice change of pace. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
Irises should be divided. If you divide the overgrown clumps of flowers, you’ll find that your stock grows proportionally. When the foliage has died off, it is time to harvest the iris bulbs. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut several new pieces out of the outside and get rid of the old center. A strong offshoot is needed on every piece that you decide to plant. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
When you keep in mind the tips, tricks and advice in this article, the prospect of organic gardening should not seem so fearful. If you make proper use of the advice you have learned, you will soon be able to reap a bountiful harvest from your organic garden.