An organic garden requires time, effort and patience to yield amazing results. However, it is possible to be smart about your organic gardening. While the garden itself is important, your real goal is to grow great tasting produce that is healthy and does no harm to the environment or the consumer. The tips in this article should start you on the road to doing just that with a successful organic garden.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
Split up the irises. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. Divide rhizomes with a knife. You can split the Rhizomes production by cutting off thin portions from the exterior and discarding the remaining insides. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Replant them immediately.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. In order to help acidify the soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use coffee and tea grounds. Some types of plant fungus problems can be solved by sprinkling with chamomile tea.
Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. The best garden designers always use a focal point that draws the eye. Usually this is a big plant that is somewhat different from the other plants in the garden.
Take your time when planting seeds. To begin with, you need to dampen the soil sufficiently. Then you want to spread your seeds evenly while making sure that they have enough room to grow. Place them at a soil depth that is triple the length of the seeds themselves. Some seeds require direct sunlight to grow, and these should be left on top of the soil.
Do you want to get rid of weeds in a natural way? Take newspapers and layer them for controlling weeds. Weeds require sunlight to grow. When you put newspaper over them, they suffocate from lack of sunlight. In time, the newspaper will decompose into the soil. Of course, you may wish to cover the paper with mulch to make it appear more attractive.
When planting seeds in containers, remember that the depth should be at least three times bigger than the seed. There are some seeds, however, that you should not cover at all, since they need sunlight to germinate. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
As you’ve read, you can grow fresher, more nutritious produce in your organic garden than you can get from other sources. It may take a ton of work, but it is worth it.