If you know what you are doing, organic gardening is a great hobby. The following tips will assist you in becoming an accomplished organic gardener.
Clay soil can be very hard to work with, and you will often find that it sticks to the shovel. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. You can actually get an analysis of soil for a little fee, and with the report you get back you can figure out how to create a vibrant garden by enriching it properly. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. What this does it essentially kill the weeds by damaging their roots. The result is that those weeds are unlikely to regrow.
Pest control is one of the hardest things about growing a vegetable garden. While chemicals can help with pest control, you should avoid using overly harsh ones, as veggies you grow in your garden are meant for eating. One way that you can help control garden pests is to remain vigilant. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
Be sure to plant using the colors of Fall. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be. Autumn is the most colorful season of all, foliage-wise. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. Shrubs such as barberry, cotoneaster and hydrangea all have gorgeous fall foliage.
You can attract the insects you need by planting heather. Bees love heather, and it is a favorite stop when they emerge in early spring.
Beds of heather are largely undisturbed and make a perfect living space for spiders, beetles and a variety of other beneficial tenants. Always remember this, and wear your gardening gloves if you prune your heather!
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.