If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
When you are tending your garden in the fall, be on the alert for stink bugs. They like to feast on all kinds of fruits, as well as peppers, tomatoes, and beans. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
Grow wheat or cat grass in the area around the plants that your cat is eating. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. You can be more comfortable in the garden with a good pair of gardening knee pads.
Don’t over-water your plants, and keep the soil around them aerated. Many diseases, as well as most parasites, prefer moisture. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
Divide irises. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Discard the center and cut pieces from the exterior. If done properly, each piece that remains for planting should have a minimum of one viable offshoot. Replant your cuttings immediately for the best results.
Be careful how you water your garden. A soaker hose will save you time because you won’t have to individually water each plant, like you do with a regular nozzle, or a can that you need to constantly refill. Make sure that your water pressure is set to low, so that no harm will come to any tender plants. Watering your garden for a couple hours while you are working on other tasks is an efficient use of your time.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. Using this will cover up the odors that your dog likes and will cut down on the intrigue of your landscaping for your furry friend.
If you pick vegetables around high noon when it is very hot, you are likely to damage them. Be certain that you cut picked vegetables straight off from the vine itself and not by twisting them off, because you don’t want to harm the plant.
Putting the advice you just learned to use in your organic garden will help you realize several benefits, including having healthy plants and a reduction in toxins. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural gardening methods.