If you have visions of a healthy, lush, green garden, there are things you should consider on your way to that goal. While having a garden is a ton of work, it is also a very rewarding experience. Following are a few tips that can make your gardening time more fun and less work.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.
Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn't appetizing. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Place organic mulch close to your vegetables. The mulch will help keep the dirt around the plants more moist. This is also efficient in preventing weeds from growing. This can save you a lot of time and effort in pulling out the weeds.
You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. You may be able to save your most resistant or expensive plants. Dig the plant up without damaging the roots and place it a big enough pot.
Check the nutrients in the soil before you plant your garden. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. You can often find Cooperative Extension offices that provide this service, which can help to make your garden flourish.
Prior to planting a garden, think through what you want to do. 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. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
Be sure to split the irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs will automatically split in you hand, and will likely flower the year after being replanted. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. A strong offshoot is needed on every piece that you decide to plant. Replant your new rhizome pieces as soon as you have finished the cuttings.
Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees. It is important for them to be kept in this temperature range if they are to grow properly. Another option is the use heat lamps that will protect your organic plants.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.
Mix various plant heights and plants in the exact same bed for a unique English garden. Having plants that grow to the same height will result in a common and flat looking bed.
Utilize the advice provided here, and you will soon be on your way to having a flourishing organic garden that is both healthy and free of pollutants. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.