Organic gardening isn’t as easy as it seems. Choosing to garden organically means learning about many details, such as your soil’s acidity or what sort of insects live in your garden. Growing organic can be a little on the difficult side for a rookie. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. The clay will no longer stick to the shovel, and this also helps to prevent other problems like rusting.
Select plant types that will bring a higher profits and yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
There is no need to purchase a costly chemical if your plants develop powdery mildew. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Spray this mix on your plants every week and the mildew should go away. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbing plants are great for hiding hideous fences and walls, and they usually grow within a season. You may also be interested in training them over an arbor or trellis. You can also grow them among existing landscape trees and plants. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
Protect your plants from moisture on a daily basis. Parasites and pests are attracted to excess moisture on the plants. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
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.