Taking the time to use good gardening practices really shows in the end. Using these environmentally sound techniques means you care about your own health and that of your garden. That is very admirable. However, there are always ways to learn new skills, and hone your existing ones. Here are some suggestions that can help.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Select plants that produce a relatively high yield. Frequently, a hybrid plant will produce a higher yield because of its disease-resistant properties.
Starting a garden which is pest-free is easy, if you have healthy soil. Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
When powdery mildew appears on your plants, you should not rush out to purchase a costly chemical treatment. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Before planting seeds, soak them overnight. Place them in a cupboard or other place where they won’t be exposed to light. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. A pair of good gardening knee pads can cushion your knees for more comfort.
Are you one of the millions who loves some fresh mint leaves, yet you absolutely hate the way they tend to take over any garden they are planted within? You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. Then, you can plant the container into the ground. However, the container walls will keep the roots held, and prevent the plant from consuming too much of your garden space.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Plant marigolds or onions around other vegetables to keep slugs away from them. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
You now have the skills, the tools, and the equipment necessary to apply these strategies to your own organic garden. You are ready to start your own garden. The tips above will help you to improve your organic garden. You might even have learned something you hadn’t known before to use in your organic garden.