Gardening is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. There are so many things to consider, such as proper pH balance, natural but effective pesticides, adequate sunlight and water supplies and so on. It might be challenging to grow organic. To succeed, you must learn as much as possible about organic gardening principles. For valuable advice, keep reading.
When winter comes around, save some plants by putting them in the house. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Always be careful when digging around the roots, and put the plant in a suitable pot.
You should make sure to divide your irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. As soon as you pick up the bulb, it’ll split into pieces. That’s okay – in fact, it’s desirable. You can replant the bulb pieces and next year you’ll have a healthy bed of new irises. For plants with rhizomes, use a knife to divide them. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
There is always a best time to pick your garden’s vegetables, and you should know them. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor. Baby peas, for example have much better flavor if they are harvested early in the ripening process, as does zucchini. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. Research the best time to pick your produce.
Pest control can be very difficult when dealing with a vegetable garden. One major benefit of growing your own produce is knowing that they haven’t been treated with pesticides and other harsh chemicals. Persistence and care is a much better solution for pest control, but many avoid it because it actually requires some work on their behalf. If you happen to notice them early on, you can control them just by physically removing them from your plants with your hands.
Plant for fall color. However, that does not have to be the case! When it comes to vivid foliage, autumn offers the best opportunity to view it. Maple, Beech and Dogwood trees are available in a number of fall colors, varying from bright yellow to rich crimson. When selecting shrubs that will be colorful during the fall, consider hydrangea, barberry, or cotoneaster.
Always dress appropriately when gardening in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Choose hats with overlapping brims, don those sunglasses and smear on the sunscreen. Wearing sun protection will prevent your skin from burning and by extension will reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.