Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Also, many organic gardening techniques are quite inexpensive. To begin your journey into the world of organic gardening, follow these tips.
So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. When starting the transition, leave the plants in the sun for just 1-2 hours. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
Shoveling clay soil is tiresome since clay is hard, and it can also stick to your shovel for twice the difficulty. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. These kinds of flowers are also excellent for filling in gaps between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.
Plants require a good amount of CO2 in order to grow to their maximum height. Plants will not thrive if they don’t have an adequate amount of CO2. A great way to reach these CO2 levels is through a greenhouse. Plants grown in a greenhouse tend to be more lush and healthier due to the improved growing environment.
Be diligent in your efforts to banishing weeds! Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. A simple tool that is useful in removing weeds is white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. Load up your spray bottle with some white vinegar, and spray the weeds away instead of breaking your back removing them by hand.
Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
The best gardens from an environmental standpoint originate from seeds, instead of plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.
Know the ideal times to harvest each of the vegetables you plant. Most vegetables have a relatively small harvesting window when they will taste best. Baby peas, for example have much better flavor if they are harvested early in the ripening process, as does zucchini. By contrast, it’s best to wait until tomatoes are fully ripe before picking them. So, it is good to learn about the best time to harvest your vegetables.
Putting the advice you just learned to use in your organic garden will help you realize several benefits, including having healthy plants and a reduction in toxins. A flourishing organic garden will also be an open invitation to some very interesting creatures of the wild that you can look forward to seeing.