Organic gardening may be a major pain, or a joyous hobby. The following tips will assist you in becoming an accomplished organic gardener.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. This raises the chances of the plants growing until adulthood. This is also a good way to tighten up your planting schedule. When you take out the prior set of adult plants, your seedlings will then be prepared to go in.
Save some plants in the winter by bringing them indoors. This is especially useful if you have a particular plant that you love or was expensive. Use caution when digging around the roots of your plant. You need to keep the root structure intact for it to thrive after being potted.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
Try growing wheat grass or cat grass in the area of the plants your cat wants to eat. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. It can also aid in identifying the less prominent fledgling plants that lie withing a larger landscaped garden.
Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
Make a plant you love the focal point of your garden. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. Usually this focal point is a luscious plant that is distinctly different from the plants and scrubs that surround it.
Heather can be planted to attract useful insects. Bees love heather, and it’s one of the earliest sources of nectar for the bees when they emerge during springtime. Heather beds are typically left untouched, which is why helpful little critters like ground beetles and spiders call them home. Keep this in mind and remember to always wear appropriate gardening gloves.
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. It requires a lot of work and patience, but it will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful organic garden. When you apply the tips in this article, you will be ready to start improving your skills in organic gardening.