You may find organic gardening to either be a source of great relaxation, or a frustratingly difficult enterprise. The following tips will assist you in becoming an accomplished organic gardener.
Plant bulbs if you want spring and summer flowers. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Different bulbs bloom at various times, so choosing appropriately, you may have blooms early spring to later summer.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Pair sunglasses with wide-brimmed hats and a dab of sunblock. By protecting yourself from the sun’s rays, you lower your risk of getting sunburns or skin cancer.
You don’t want to pick vegetables during the day when it is hot, as that is when they are prone to damage due to them being softer. Use garden shears to remove your vegetables from the vine to avoid damaging the plant.
When planting seeds, make sure to take your time. First, you should loosen the soil, and ensure that it is sufficiently moist. Then distribute the seeds so that they are evenly spaced and have sufficient room to grow. Bury them 3 times as deep in relation to the seed’s size. Not all seeds are meant to be buried in soil, there are certain types of seeds that only grow in the light.
When you plant the seeds in containers, be sure the planting’s depth is three times bigger than the seed. There are some seeds, however, that you should not cover at all, since they need sunlight to germinate. Examples of these are petunias and ageratum. If you do now know how to plant your seed, consult the information that came with the seed when you bought it or check online for helpful information.
Use alcohol to help control the slugs in your garden by fashioning a beer trap. Dig a hole the size of a glass jar, and bury the jar with the top at ground level. Fill this jar up with beer almost entirely. The beer will attract the slugs and they will be trapped in the jar.
Overall, a layer of mulch is beneficial for the soil. The right amount of mulch in a garden also works to protect the soil underneath. This protective effect is especially important during the summer, as it protects the roots from the effects of the heat. This will ensure your soil stays moist by reducing the time in which it evaporates. It also is helpful in keeping weeds under control.
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.