Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Also, organic gardening is quite cheap on the whole. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
Trying to shovel through clay soil can be extremely difficult and tiresome. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. Many times, a cold-tolerant or disease-resistant hybrid can have a higher yield versus traditional ones.
You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Most bulbs are extremely hearty and grow easily. They also come back year after year. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Rather than putting standard clay vessels into use when planting crops of lettuce and kale, think about using pumpkins instead. Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Simply place a handful of seeds in a container, cover the seeds up with water, and stash it away. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. The seeds will most likely survive and mature this way.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
Utilize the advice provided here, and you will soon be on your way to having a flourishing organic garden that is both healthy and free of pollutants. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.