Growing your own fruits and vegetables is an easy thing to do if you use proper techniques. It demonstrates that you are taking organic gardening seriously and that you are doing all you can to ensure that your plants thrive. That is a quality to be admired. Like any other skills you may have, these are able to be improved. There are tips below to help you with this.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.
If powdery mildew appears on your plants, don’t purchase expensive chemical solutions. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. It will be a while before things start to sprout and visually remind you of what was planted where, so a written record can be helpful. You can also prevent yourself from losing small plants within a large garden.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. Connect the tops, and then place a sheet over the top of the wigwam. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep 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. With these natural methods, there is no need to purchase expensive, harsh pesticides.
Be careful how you water your garden. A soaker hose is a great way to water all of the plants at once, and will save you a lot of time. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Allow it to water your plants for a couple of hours, so that you are free to do other things.
Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.
Aspirin water has disease-prevention properties that can protect plants. One and one half aspirin crushed and added to a two gallon container of water will be a great help for your plants. All you have to do is spray the plants with this solution and you should see good results. Use this solution once in every three-week period.
You now have the skills, the tools, and the equipment necessary to apply these strategies to your own organic garden. Good for you! The tips in this article were intended to enhance your organic gardening skills, as everyone can benefit from learning. You may have even found something new to employ in your own organic garden.