Pay close attention to your organic garden, and take the absolute best care of it that you possibly can. A little extra gardening know-how doesn’t hurt either. This will see you cultivating healthier and better tasting results from your organic garden. Using these tips will make you a top-class organic gardener in no time.
To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Over a period of several days, slowly increase the time they are allowed to stay outside. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. Fast-growing annuals and biennials can brighten up a flower bed, and allow you to change the look from season to season and year to year. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. Some examples include sunflowers, marigolds, petunias, hollyhocks, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. The baking soda is harmless to your plants and a very effective remedy.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
It is best to aerate and dry your plants daily. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites. Fungi is very common. Fungicidal spray treatments can contain fungi, but spraying prior to problems even developing in the first place is the best way to go about it.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can simply put the container below the soil level. Once you do, the container will constrain the roots, preventing them from overshadowing all of your other plants.
Split up your irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. New pieces should be cut from the outside, then the old center you want to discard. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
As you’ve read, you can grow fresher, more nutritious produce in your organic garden than you can get from other sources. A successful garden takes plenty of work and patience, but it’s all worth it when you get to taste your delicious results.