Environmentally-conscious gardening requires dedication to following best practices at all times. Organic gardening is possible with some great tips. A good understanding of organic gardening is needed to grow healthy plants. Use this advice to take your organic garden to the next level.
A good way to ensure that your seeds sprout effectively is to start them in smaller pots and then transplant them once they reach the seedling stage. They are then more likely to survive and to become thriving, mature plants. In addition, it offers you a smaller time frame between plantings. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. Boiling water in a pot is a safe “herbicide.” All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the 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.
Use natural pest control when possible. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Purchase an inexpensive gardening kneeling pad, as well as a wheelbarrow or wagon. Gardening can be very tough on your knees, so a kneeling stool that is ergonomic and lightweight can make things much more comfortable and enjoyable. There is also a lot of heavy lifting involved with gardening, so a good wheelbarrow is a great tool to have around.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. If you grow rhododendrons, azaleas or gardenias, increase the acid in your your soil by working in coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.
While you garden, it’s important that you wear the right clothing to protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Try wearing a large sunhat and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, and use sunscreen on any exposed skin. Using the right protection from the harmful rays of the sun means less of a chance of you getting sunburn and skin cancer.
If you pick vegetables around high noon when it is very hot, you are likely to damage them. Twisting could cause plant damage, so ensure that produce is removed by cutting only.
Organic gardening is a safe hobby to share with your children. Helping a garden grow is an excellent learning experience for kids, and it allows your family to spend time together while creating healthy, nutritious foods.
Organic gardening is a great way to improve your diet naturally. It is a good source of fresh vegetables and fruits and can improve your health markedly. It does take work and patience, but all is worth it come mealtimes that include your organic, homegrown produce.