Organic gardening is a hobby of great patience and a green thumb. The goal of this hobby is to grow pesticide-free and healthy food that you can enjoy. However, organic horticulture obviously isn’t as easy as it might sound. Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you horticulture like a pro.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Lay the tools down on the floor, then place a measuring tape along the handle. Label the distances with a permanent marker. Now, the next time you do work in the garden, you’ll actually have a ruler at your fingertips.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. The seedlings are reading for planting immediately after you remove older plants.
Plants need C02 for maximum growth. When exposed to high levels of CO2, most types of plants will grow better. The best way to expose your plants to a high level of carbon dioxide is by growing them in a greenhouse. Make sure to keep CO2 levels high to provide the best growing environment for your plants.
Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. A set of quality knee pads designed for gardening can be a world of relief for your central leg joints.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! To use the pumpkin as a planter, it is important to prevent it from rotting. To do this, you simply spray the entire inside and any edges with a gardening spray called Wilt-Pruf. This is done after you’ve opened the pumpkin at the top and removed the insides. Once you’ve done this, you can plant.
Be sure to split the irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Rhizomes may need to be divided by using a knife. Get rid of the center and keep the new pieces you cut from the outside. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Organic gardening can be described as a healthy hobby that incorporates the beauty of nature, lots of hard work along with lots of patience. A hobby that results in growing something delicious to eat. Through the careful application of this advice and with time and effort, you will be able to call yourself a successful organic gardener.