Gardening can be very complicated, when you look at it more closely. This is especially true if you want to garden naturally. You may need to learn everything from soil pH to controlling pests without chemicals. If you are new to growing vegetables, then growing organic may take you a bit more time to learn. Keep reading to find out how the professionals do it.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
Use climbers for covering fences and walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some types of climbers support themselves naturally through twining stems or tendrils, but others will have to be attached to something. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. Keep the growth under control by growing them in a large gardening pot instead. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.
Fertilize your garden regularly. Manure is great in enabling plants to grow, although it’s vital to use commercially composted products in order to lessen the risk of a variety of pathogens. Choosing a specific type of fertilizer is not particularly critical; as long as you’re using fertilizer, you’re improving your soil.
If you want the best tasting vegetables, learn about the optimum time to harvest them. Each type of vegetables has its own ideal time for picking for the best flavor. For example, baby peas and zucchini taste best when they are picked young. Contrarily, tomatoes should be left on the vine until maximum ripeness has occurred. So, learn about the ideal harvest time for your vegetables.
Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. You can also use tea or coffee grounds to acidify soil for plants such as rhododendrons and gardenias. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. Bugs that provide a benefit to your garden are more easily killed by these broad-spectrum pesticides, you may simply end up with a bigger pest problem. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.