You can take organic gardening as a hobby, or as a science. With the advice in this article, you will be well on your way to success in your organic gardening endeavors.
Don’t mow your grass too short. If you let your grass keep some height after mowing, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, greener lawn. Short grass tends to have shallow roots, which can cause dried out, brown patches to occur.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Most vegetables that can be grown need that much sun to grow well and quickly. This is the same for many varieties of flowers.
You should make sure to divide your irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Fertilize your garden regularly. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product. There are numerous types of fertilizers available. What type you select is less of a concern; any kind of fertilizer is better than none.
You can prevent pests from invading your garden with certain plants and natural materials. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. If fungus is an issue, Chamomile tea sprinkled on the plant may be effective.
Use smarts when watering your garden. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Let it water your garden for a few hours, so you’re available to do other stuff.
In conclusion, there are more aspects of organic gardening than one would originally think. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. Use this information and you will be in great shape for bettering yourself in terms of organic gardening knowledge.