Having an organic garden is a great way to have access to healthy foods whenever you want them, which will ultimately lead to a healthier diet. However, effort is required in order to effectively grow. This can make you wonder where to begin for growing your own organic garden.
The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. As time goes by, slowly increase the time they spent outdoors. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. A lot of cooperative extension offices can provide this service to you and it is worth knowing what you need to do in order to avoid ruining your plants.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You could also repel your pet by planting rosemary or placing citrus fruit peels around your garden.
If you have a lot of low-growing plants to take care of in your garden, purchase gardening knee pads. Weeding, watering and picking through your vegetation can cause a lot of damage to your knees if left unprotected. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
The flesh of vegetables gets soft in the heat of the day, making them especially vulnerable to inadvertent damage with even the gentlest picking. Twisting could cause plant damage, so ensure that produce is removed by cutting only.
Let your children be involved in your organic gardening efforts. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
As you’ve read, organic gardening requires work, effort, and research so that you can grow organic plants. Furthermore, you will only see your garden blossom with consistent tending. The next time you are in your garden, think of the tips from this article. If you can use that knowledge, you will be more capable of using organic gardening techniques to your advantage.