Organic gardening is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can enjoy it. But, newcomers may find the process to be somewhat overwhelming at first. So, how should a beginning organic gardener learn the basics? Keep reading to discover some useful tips and tactics.
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Place them outside in the sunlight for an hour or two on the first day. Over one week, gradually build up the amount of hours you leave the plants outside. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
When mowing your lawn, avoid mowing the grass too short. By leaving your grass a little taller, you are allowing it to become stronger, as the roots grow stronger and deeper. The shorter the grass is, the shorter the roots are, which leads to a dry lawn.
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. This is a great and cheap way to increase the acid levels in your dirt. By amending your soils, you will help your plants grow and flourish.
Carefully plan your garden first. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. It’s also a good way to keep smaller plants from getting swallowed up by the rest of your garden.
Irises should be divided. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. When foliage is dead, lift bulbous irises. They will literally split in your hand, flowering the next year after replanting. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables. It is also possible to utilize coffee ground or tea to make the soil more acidic for gardenias, rhododendrons and other plants that prefer acidic soil. If fungus is an issue, Chamomile tea sprinkled on the plant may be effective.
Reading this article has hopefully given you some great ideas to begin your experiences in organic gardening. Gardening can be an immensely rewarding hobby. With the tips presented above at the forefront of your mind, you can begin to grow delicious organic produce like a professional.