Just about anyone can become an organic gardener. It’s a fun, relaxing hobby that has a lot of benefits. A beginning organic gardener may find the prospect of getting started to be rather daunting. How can you become a better organic gardener? All you have to do is read the following suggestions.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
To help young plants, try pouring boiling water on top of nearby weeds. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. What this does it essentially kill the weeds by damaging their roots. The result is that those weeds are unlikely to regrow.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. You can slow their growth rate by planting them in a garden container or large pot instead. Then, you can plant the container into the ground. However, the container walls will keep the roots held, and prevent the plant from consuming too much of your garden space.
Always fertilize your garden. 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.
If you’re going to grow peas, start them indoors before putting them in the ground outside. When you plant them indoors first, the seeds will germinate better. They will also be healthier and hardier, allowing them to better resist pests and disease. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their rightful place in the garden.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. It is quite calming and relaxing to immerse oneself in the rhythms of organic gardening. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.