Vegan, vegetarian and other holistic practices have become increasingly popular as millions turn to organic foods for nourishment. Home grown vegetables, fruits and herbs are in much demand for their more pristine health benefits. This article provides several useful tips on organic gardening that can help.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. A permanent marker can be used to label distances. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Prior to planting anything in your garden, check your soil. A soil analysis is inexpensive and can be used to figure out which nutrients should be added to provide a healthy garden environment. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Irises can be easily divided. Overgrown clumps of irises can be divided up to increase your numbers of this lovely flower. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Give peas a head start by sprouting them indoors. When you plant them indoors first, the seeds will germinate better. This will also make the seedlings hardier, which will help them resist diseases and pests. You can transplant the seedlings outside after they are sturdy enough.
The more you fill your brain when it comes to gardening, the more you have at your disposal throughout the whole process. Keep in mind that the advice you’ve read is only the beginning.