Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. With the tips here in this article you can quickly become an expert in organic gardening.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Find some plants that will give you a higher yield. A disease-resistant hybrid plant can be a good option to consider over a more traditional variety due to its tendency to produce higher yields.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. Snails and slugs have a good time destroying perennials that are young and have tender and smooth thin leaves. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. There are plenty of varieties including petunia, marigold, cosmos, sunflower, hollyhock, and rudbeckia.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. Your best bet would be try to save the best or most hearty plants. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
If you want to grow peas, consider starting them indoors instead of planting them outside. Install your plants inside and wait for the seeds to germinate. You will also have hardy seedlings that will be able to resist disease and pests much better. You will be able to transfer the seedlings outdoors after they become better established.
Place a few inches of organically based mulch around your vegetable plants. The mulch help keeps the soil that is around the plants much more moist for much longer. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
Vegetables are softer in the heat of the hottest part of the day; even gently picking them at that time can damage them. Twisting could cause plant damage, so ensure that produce is removed by cutting only.
An old laundry basket makes a great way to gather your harvest. The laundry basket can be used as a colander for your produce. The produce can be rinsed off as it sits in the laundry basket, and extra water will drain out through the sides.
The correct depth for planting seeds in containers is triple the seed’s size. Some seeds shouldn’t be covered and must be in sunlight at all times. Some of these seeds are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure if your seeds should be covered, refer to the seed packet, or if that is not available, look for information online.
If you start implementing the organic gardening advice included in this article today, you can look forward to having a healthy, productive, toxic-free garden in the near future. In addition, you will notice more wildlife that congregates around your garden. You can be one with nature! Start planning your garden today.