Organic vegetables and fruit are healthy and delicious. You can bypass the supermarkets entirely if you grow organic produce yourself. Read on so you know what it takes to create a thriving organic garden.
Plants that result in a larger yield should be higher on your priority list when planning the garden. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
Boiling away unwanted weeds is an odd, but productive method used in many gardens. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
Irises should be divided. You can increase the number of irises you have by splitting clumps that are overgrown. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. Divide up the rhizomes with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Make sure that every cutting contains a viable offshoot. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
Try growing your peas indoors for the first couple months. If you give them a chance to grow indoors where they are protected, they will germinate better. The seedlings will also be heartier, which means they can resist pests and diseases better. Once they are suitably strong, transplant them outside.
Broad-spectrum pesticides are really not the optimal choice for pest control in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides will kill insects that are helpful to your garden as well as the harmful ones. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. If you respond to the growing pest problem with more broad-spectrum pesticide, you only continue the harmful cycle.
Plant heather to attract beneficial insects. Bees will go straight for these plants in the spring. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. Being mindful of this, wearing gloves appropriate to gardening is sound strategy when pruning any heather in or around the bed.
Don’t buy produce that aren’t up to snuff. Use what you’ve read here to get started growing your very own high-quality produce.