Gardening can seem complicated at first, if you do not know what you are doing. This is due to the different factors you must learn about when going all natural. Things like pH balance and proper compost and sunlight all take on more importance due to the lack of chemical enhancers. Growing organic can be a little on the difficult side for a rookie. To succeed, you must learn as much as possible about organic gardening principles. For valuable advice, keep reading.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won't be interested in eating. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. They're particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Having healthy soil in your garden is your number one defense against pests! Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.
You should divide irises. Try increasing your stock by dividing your overgrown clumps of plants. Lift the dead bulbous irises. The bulbs often divide in your hand with no intervention on your part, and when you replant them, they will usually flower the following year. You can divide rhizomes with a knife. Throw away the center after carefully cutting new sprouts from the exterior. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. For optimum viability, plant your new cuttings into the ground without delay.
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.