Regular tending is a necessity for any garden. It is particularly important for the organic garden. Here is where intelligent gardening techniques will come in useful. This can help you grow tastier and happier produce. Use the following tips to create a flourishing and very rewarding organic garden.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.
It is a good idea to invest in a good pair of knee pads, made specifically for gardening. They can be very helpful when working close to the ground on low-growth plants. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. Using a pair of quality knee pads designed for gardening can provide your knees with cushioning and support, preventing any discomfort.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
Know the perfect time to harvest the vegetables in your garden. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. Plant winter vegetables at the right time for a sweeter flavor. Remember that the vegetables will taste best if you harvest them at the proper time.
As these suggestions have shown you, anyone can have a successful organic garden. It takes research, patience and dedication, but organic gardening is well worth every bit of effort it requires.