Many people think of starting an organic garden, but few actually go out and do it. Often, people are put off by its perceived complexity, or are intimidated by all they’d need to know to get started. The following article will give you some techniques that can be used to help you start growing your own organic garden.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. Some need to be tied to a support, whereas certain climbers attach themselves to a surface with tendrils or twining stems. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. You may want to save the most beautiful or expensive ones. Cautiously avoid the roots while digging, and put your plant into a perfectly sized pot.
Before you even start planting the garden, check the soil. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
Don’t mow your grass too short. If your grass has more height, roots be able to grow more deeply in the soil, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
Read instructions before using any gardening tool you aren’t familiar with, including pesticides or other chemicals. Use the tools only as directed in the instructions. Irritation of the skin or even more serious injuries are possible if you ignore manufacturer’s directions. Directions, especially safety rules, are there for your own good, so make sure you follow instructions on your tools and chemicals to the letter.
Pest control is one of the hardest things about growing a vegetable garden. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals. There is only one way to effectively control pests in your garden, and that is to stay vigilant in your efforts. If you catch the pests early, the best removal technique is just to take them off your plants by hand.
Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. In order to help acidify the soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use coffee and tea grounds. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
Use common sense when watering your garden. Utilize a soaker hose. This saves time as you need not water each plant one at a time with the nozzle of a hose or with a watering can. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. Keep the water turned on for about two hours; while your plants are being watered, you will have time for other activities.
Get your kids to help you grow your organic garden. Gardens are terrific teaching tools for kids, and provide great opportunities for interaction, growth, and instruction on healthy living.
Hopefully this article has taken all of your apprehension about organic gardening completely out of the equation. Follow the tips you have studied here, and your yard will soon be yielding a terrific amount of delicious wholesome food for your kitchen.