There’s no better time than now! You may have tons of questions about how you should get started and what should be done first, but don’t worry, the tips here can help. In the following paragraphs you will find insights and ideas you can apply to your gardening dreams.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. To make the clay soft so you aren’t working as hard, take floor or car wax and rub a light coat on the surface of the shovel using a clean cloth, then buff the surface. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease. So give your garden a kick start by beginning with a healthy batch of natural and organic soil.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
Set your mower blades higher, so you don’t cut the grass too short. If you leave more height to your grass, the roots will grow deeper into the soil, making the lawn stronger and more resistant to drying out. Short grass on the other hand is more susceptible to drying out.
Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. The mulch will add beneficial moisture to your soil. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. This will save you having to constantly pull weeds.
Spray old aftershave, perfume, or scented products around the grass of your garden to prevent your dog from entering it. Using this will cover up the odors that your dog likes and will cut down on the intrigue of your landscaping for your furry friend.
Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. As your baby plants grow, you can move them from their heat source. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. Watch the seeds so you can know when you do this.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. You will also have a gorgeous and finished organic flower bed.
Be sure your new compost pile contains roughly the same proportion of dried and green plants. Green plant mulches include everything from fresh grass clippings, to unwanted vegetables, to recently pulled weeds. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Charcoal, meat, ashes or other diseased plants should not be included in a compost pile.
If slugs are problematic in your garden, you can use an all-natural beer trap to do away with them. Bury a jar in the garden with it’s mouth open and level to the ground. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. Slugs are attracted to beer. They will crawl into the jar and be trapped.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. When selecting wood, make certain you pick untreated products that have a natural resistance to rot. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
If you need to prove to customers that your produce is legitimately organic, you can become certified as an organic grower. This attracts customers who are willing to drive a little farther and pay a little more for products that are safe and healthy.
Adjust your watering to the season and climate. Knowing how much to water your plants can be a difficult task. You will want to look into various things, such as time of day, quality of water and type of soil. If the climate is hot, but humid you’ll have to avoid watering the leaves, for example. Instead, water the roots only.
Your soil will be healthier if you add mulch. Mulch can protect the ground it sits upon. The roots of your garden are less likely to become overheated on hot days. Mulch slows down evaporation, thus helps your soil retain its moisture. As an added bonus, weed growth will be stunted.
If you are interested in using organic horticulture techniques to plant perennials, you will be pleased to know that it is very easy. Cut under the dirt with a spade and turn it over. Next, cover the area with three to four inches of organic wood chips. Once a couple of weeks have passed, you can then dig into the new garden bed and plant some of your favorite perennials.
Hopefully, you are now much better equipped for your horticulture endeavor. You may have thought you were already set to start, but you’re in an even better place now! These tips should help get you going in the right direction so that your garden is extremely successful.