Organic gardening isn’t as easy as it seems. Choosing to garden organically means learning about many details, such as your soil’s acidity or what sort of insects live in your garden. Organic gardening can be quite challenging for anyone with limited experience. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. Rubbing wax on the shovel prior to digging can kick this challenge to the curb. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.
For the right results, get the right type of soil. Depending on what type of plants you have, your soil may or may not be adapted. You can also create an artificial area with only one kind of soil.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. Cutting your grass at a taller height allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, which helps lessen the chance of your lawn drying out easily. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
Protect your deciduous shrubs which are tender. If you have a few potted shrubs, they should be shielded from the wintry weather. Try to tie the tops all together and cover them with a sheet, large piece of cloth, or blanket. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
Split up your irises. Divide any overgrown clumps to increase your stock. When the foliage dies it’s time to lift the bulbous irises out of the ground. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant your pieces right away.
Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. The American Holly, American Cranberrybush, the Winterberry, and the Common Snowberry help provide color during the winter.
Good tools for the gardener include a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Gardening also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
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.