Horticulture is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. Some things to consider are the natural pH balance of the soil and fighting insects the natural way. Keeping up a natural garden is very rewarding but takes some work. It might be challenging to grow organic. Be successful by using the following tips.
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. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Prior to planting a garden, think through what you want to do. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. You can control their growth by placing them into a pot or container. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
If you plan on growing peas, you should consider starting them indoors instead of beginning them outside. Seeds will always germinate much better when you first plant them indoors initially. The seedlings will also be heartier, which means they can resist pests and diseases better. Once the seedlings have become hardy enough to survive, you can transplant them to your outdoor garden.
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. Mulching helps keep moisture in the soil. In addition, it will keep the weeds from growing. You will benefit by not having to spend so much time fighting weed growth.
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.