Organic produce is both nutritious and tasty, far surpassing the typical supermarket selection of fruits and vegetables. Instead of buying your produce from supermarkets, you should try growing your own. Keep reading to learn how you can grow an organic garden, right in your home.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. A lot of extension offices will offer this service and it is worth it so you know what your soil needs.
Plant cool-weather edibles in the fall. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin, scoop out the inside, and spray the entire thing with Wilt-Proof. This will prevent rotting. Once you have completed this, start planting!
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.
Split up irises. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut the new pieces from its outside and dispose of the older center. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant them immediately.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. Natural remedies, like the ones listed, will help reduce the need and usage of harsh chemical pesticides.
If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. Pea seeds tend to germinate much better when planted indoors, before being moved to an outside garden. Seedlings will grow stronger, and withstand attacks from pests and diseases a lot better. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.
Plant with fall season color in mind. However, that does not have to be the case! The fall season is probably the most colorful of the year in terms of foliage. Maple, beech, and dogwood display colors ranging from dark crimson to light yellow. Add even more color to your garden by planting shrubs such as hydrangea, barberry or cotoneaster.
Vegetables are softest during the warmest hours of each day, so picking them then, no matter how gently, runs the risk of damage. You can also protect both your vegetables and the plant they grow on by cutting them off instead of twisting them off.
Stop buying inferior produce. Use what you learn from this article in order to grow your own vegetables and fruits.