Men and women of all ages enjoy relaxing in an organic gardening and making things grow. But, when a person begins organic gardening, they may feel overwhelmed. So, how does a novice learn more about gardening? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. The first day you transfer your plants, you should only allow them to sit in direct sunlight for a few hours. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. When you do this you allow air to flow and circulate which can actually prevent rotting, this method is great and better than just wrapping your plant in some plastic.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
A good fertilizer is important to add nutrients to your soil. Manure helps your plants grow. Make sure you use a product that is commercially composted so you don’t risk adding pathogens to your garden. You can choose from many different fertilizers. Do not worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.
Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. A few of the most vivid plants in winter are American Holly, Winterberry, Snowberry and Cranberrybush.
Plant with autumn colors in mind. It doesn’t have to be this way, however. When it comes to brightly colored foliage, fall is an amazing time of year. Maple, beech, and dogwood trees are many colors in the fall, from yellow to a deeper crimson. Shrubs such as cotoneaster, hydrangea, and barberry will also provide a splash of color in the fall.
Planted flowers will benefit from organic materials that are built up to as much as three inches. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. You will also have a gorgeous and finished organic flower bed.
Paying attention to spacing is important. Do not underestimate the space that plants need to develop their root systems. Space is necessary for the plants, but air circulation is also important. Plan accordingly and put an appropriate amount of distance between seeds.
In your compost, use green and dried plants in equal parts. Garden wastes, such as grass clippings, are classified as green materials. Examples of dried plant material are sawdust, shredded paper, straw, cut-up woody material, and cardboard. Avoid meat, ashes, charcoal, plants with diseases and manure from carnivores.
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. However, you should be aware that certain seeds should not be covered at all because they are required to be in the sunlight. Two common examples of this type of seed are ageratum and petunias. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.
Adding mulch to your garden can make your soil healthier. Protection is provided by placing the layer of mulch upon the soil. On hot days, mulch insulates the ground, keeping it cool and protecting your plants’ roots. Mulch also slows the rate at which water evaporates, which improves your soil’s ability to retain moisture. It is also very good at controlling the weeds.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. You will eat better and have a fun and relaxing hobby that lets you enjoy the great outdoors. With the proper application of these suggestions, you will be achieving amazing results in your own organic garden in no time at all!