Environmentally-conscious gardening requires dedication to following best practices at all times. A little extra gardening know-how doesn’t hurt either. 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. Use this advice to have your organic garden become the best around.
There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. The water will hydrate the sends, giving them a head start once you plant them. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
When you mow your lawn, do not mow it close to the ground. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Split up irises. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs should automatically divide in your palm, and once you put them back into the earth, they will typically flower the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant your pieces right away.
Organic gardening is a great way to improve your diet naturally. It is a good source of fresh vegetables and fruits and can improve your health markedly. Organic gardening takes patience and manual labor, but it’s worth it when you start reaping the benefits of your labor.