Holistic lifestyles are becoming more and more popular as the organic trend starts to spread out. When you choose this form of lifestyle, then you opt for growing herbs and other things solely for beneficial reasons and you always aim for organic growing techniques. Read up on some great organic tips below.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. Some excellent choices include rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflower, cosmos, petunia and marigold.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Instead, combine baking soda with water and liquid soap. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They may grow up through some existing shrubs and trees, and can even be worked to grow around an arbor. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. 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.
If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. This is true of some flowers.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour the boiling water directly onto the weeds, just make sure you do not damage the nearby plants. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
Spread a little bit of organic mulch, around two inches worth, in and about each vegetable plant. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. This also helps reduce the appearance of weeds. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.
With more knowledge comes a higher level of skill and success. The tips here can help.