Organic gardening requires a green thumb and a lot of patience. This hobby can help you grow food that is free of pesticides. It is challenging, but not as hard as you may think. Enjoy the following article that will help you become an expert organic gardener.
So that you don’t shock your plants, try gradually accustoming them to conditions and temperature. Place them outdoors in the sun for about an hour or two on the first day. Then over a weeks time, slightly increase their time outside. By the end of the week, your plants should be ready to make the big move with no problem!
Choose plants that will give you the most yield at harvest time. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Once weekly, spray this mixture to the affected areas of your plants, and the mildew should be eliminated shortly. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. It can avoid ruined vegetables and flowers, so check with places, such as a cooperative extension department to see where you can obtain the analysis.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
Split up irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. All that is left to do is immediately replant the pieces you have created and let the cycle begin anew.
Keeping pests out of a vegetable garden can be difficult. You want to avoid spraying harsh chemicals since the vegetables are meant for consumption. Remain alert in order to control garden pests. Natural pest control depends on the type of soil in your garden and the variety of plants growing there.
Organic gardening allows you to work hard and enjoy the fruits of your labor. It is a hobby that uses the land to grow something delicious. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.