One of the most sensible ways to improve your diet is through organic gardening. Growing an organic garden does take some planning, though. This probably has you wondering where to start your own garden.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Reliable varieties include clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine and climbing roses.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. Moisture not only attracts parasites, but also makes it easier for your plants to contract diseases. An example of a common plant parasite is fungi. Fungus can be handled with sprays specifically formulated for fungi control, but you must treat the area with spray before seeing any kind of problems.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. You should plant the mint in a rather large garden container or pot instead so you can monitor growth. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. Using these natural methods will reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.
Efficiently water your garden. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Keep the water turned on for about two hours; while your plants are being watered, you will have time for other activities.
A successful organic garden is the result of hard work and a good understanding of the principles involved. It is very true, as well, that to see results, you must stick with it. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic gardening.