A lot of people become interested in organic gardening due to worry about long-term, poisonous effects of pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their personal health. Organic gardening is also cheaper; you don’t have to spend as much money on tools and equipment. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your own organic garden.
Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Start your plants in some pots and plant its seedlings in the garden. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. You will have healthy seedlings that are ready to be planted when you get rid of old plants.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
Are fresh mint leaves something you love but cannot stand how quickly they grow all over your garden? Stunt their growth a little by planting your mint into a garden container or large pot instead. Plant the container in the ground, but its walls will hold those roots captive, and will prevent the plant from engulfing your garden!
Gardening can be a relaxing hobby. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. Gardening is easily one of the most relaxing and gratifying ways to spend your extra time. The cost is low and the reward is often high. The most important reward, however, is the sense of accomplishment you experience when your plants mature.
If you pick vegetables around high noon when it is very hot, you are likely to damage them. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.
If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
Start using these tips right away, and you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy, pollutant free organic garden in no time. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.