If you want to be an organic gardener, you need a green thumb, but more importantly, you need a lot of patience. It is an activity that has a goal of growing fresh, nutritious food that is free of pesticides. It is challenging, but not as hard as you may think. These tips will help you grow like a professional does.
So that you don’t shock your plants, try gradually accustoming them to conditions and temperature. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. Throughout the week, gradually increase the time they are spent outside. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. Healthy plants are stronger and more able to resist both pests and disease. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
When you’re dealing with a veggie garden, pest control may be difficult. Since you are growing the vegetables for your own consumption, you want to stay away from pesticides. There is only one way to effectively control pests in your garden, and that is to stay vigilant in your efforts. If you find any unwanted pests, try removing them by hand.
You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. In order to help acidify the soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use coffee and tea grounds. If you are having problems with fungus, you may find that sprinkling Chamomile tea on the plant is effective.
Organic gardening combines hard work, patience and nature. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. If you put your mind to it, you could become an excellent organic gardener.