You have the desire to set up an organic garden that is nutritious and fresh. What do you need to do get started? Keep reading for tips any beginner will find useful.
Slowly acclimatize your plants to the outside environment to keep from shocking them. On the first day, put them out in sunlight for about an hour or so. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as a shovel or rake, are absolutely perfect for this job, and make your workload a little bit smaller. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. You can label distances using a permanent marker. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
For proper optimum growth, plants require sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). If the level of CO2 is extremely high, your plants will grow much better. A greenhouse will provide the best method of providing enough CO2 for your plants. CO2 levels, when kept high, give your plants optimal growing conditions.
Bulbs are a great option for people who want to enjoy spring and summer flowers. Not only are bulbs hearty and easy to grow, but they’ll continue to grow as time goes on. Bulbs bloom during different seasons, if you pick them carefully you will have flowers almost all year.
Irises should be divided. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. Pick up bulbous irises after the foliage dies. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Each piece needs one strong offshoot. Replant your pieces right away.
There are many natural substances that are effective for warding off unwanted visitors. Onions and marigolds can get rid of pests in the garden. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. The seeds will grow better in your home if planted there first. Seeds grown indoors are much more resistant to diseases and damage done by pests. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides for your garden. If your pesticide has too wide a range of targets, it can kill off useful insects that fight off other pests. The helpful insects in your garden can be highly sensitive to pesticides and if their population goes down, the harmful insect population will grow. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
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You will now be better prepared as you start pursuing organic gardening. You should be well on your way to be an expert in organic horticulture. The tips included here will help you create the most beautiful and abundant organic garden you can, so enjoy!