In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. They can make a handy, gap-filler between shrubs and perennials located in sunny areas. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. A pumpkin makes a great container, and costs less than a clay pot. Once you’ve cut its top and scooped the insides out, spray the edges and inside with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rotting. You can start planting now.
When you are mowing your lawn do not cut it too closely to the dirt. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. The shorter the grass, the shallower the roots, which makes the lawn more likely to develop brown patches.
If your soil has high alkaline amounts, mix some coffee grounds into it. This is an easy and inexpensive method to increase the acidity of your soil. When you use them, you will start to notice that your vegetables are tastier and more vibrant in color.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. The safest herbicide that you can probably find is a cup of boiling water. Pour boiling water on any weeds, but be careful not to spill it on plants you want to keep. Boiling water kills weeds by destroying their roots. Weeds won’t be able to survive, never mind grow, with damaged weeds.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. Instead of planting mint in the ground, confine it to a large pot. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.
Fertilizer in the garden is a must. Manure can help grow plants, but to eliminate risk of pathogens, try using a type of commercially composted product. There are a wide variety of fertilizing options available, although which type you use is not that important; just make sure to use something.
With the information you just learned, you can start trying different organic methods in your own garden. There is a ton of information you should know, and you also should know how to use it. If you use what you’ve learned and keep on learning, you can come up with your own methods of growing a lovely organic garden.