In the world of organic horticulture, 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.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. This will make your task easier because the clay won’t stick to the shovel. It will also keep your garden tool from rusting.
Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. Healthy soil equals healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Unwanted weeds fight for the same nutrients that more desirable plants do, and they also are unsightly. White vinegar can be a good solution. The acid in white vinegar kills weeds. You may also be using plants that need that very same acid. If you are too busy to pull weeds by hand, make a white vinegar solution and keep it handy for a quick spray when needed.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Try using a pumpkin as a natural plant pot. You can plant fall vegetables such as lettuce in an empty pumpkin shell. Clean out the pumpkin just like you would if you were making a jack o’lantern. Spray Wilt-Pruf inside the pumpkin and along its edges so that the pumpkin won’t rot. Once the pumpkin has been prepared, it is ready for planting.
In a dark area, pre-soak your seeds overnight. Simply place a handful of seeds in a container, cover the seeds up with water, and stash it away. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Plant moisture is a big attraction to both parasites and plant diseases. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. You can rid your garden of fungi with fungicidal sprays. However, it is best to treat your garden before there are problems.
Plan your garden to provide some fall color. That doesn’t have to be way it is though! Autumn is the most colorful season of all, foliage-wise. Maple trees can range from beautiful reds and yellows in addition to Beech or Dogwood trees. When selecting shrubs, consider barberry, hydrangea, or cotoneaster.
When you are gardening out in the sun, wear the proper clothing so that you do not get any type of sun damage. Sunglasses, a nice shady hat, and sunscreen are very helpful. When using the right protection in the sun, you will lower your chance of getting a sunburn and decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Try mixing various plants that have different heights to create an interesting garden setup. Plants that grow to be the same height end up uniform and flat looking.
Take care of your knees while working in the garden. Bending for extended time periods causes pain for many people. Kneeling is a good way to reach plants without causing back stress. Use a pad to kneel upon and protect your knees from possible pain.
Be efficient when working in your garden. Wasting time finding tools is inefficient gardening. Get all of your tools together before you go into your garden, then place them in a safe spot when you are finished with them. If you need, use a tool belt or even pants that have quite a few pockets.
Now you know a little more on how you can be a successful organic gardener. There is a ton of information you should know, and you also should know how to use 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.