Organic gardening can be a majorly relaxing hobby, or a major headache. This list of tips should help you become a successful organic gardener.
Having healthy soil in your garden is your number one defense against pests! Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.
Climbing plants make a strong addition to walls, fences or other free-standing structures. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. For a small fee, a soil analysis can be obtained – based on that report – the soil can be properly enriched to support a vibrant garden. A lot of extension offices will offer this service and it is worth it so you know what your soil needs.
Plants need ample amounts of CO2 to reach their maximum growth. More CO2 generally produces more luxurious plant growth. The best method to obtain a high amount is to get access to a greenhouse. When it is exposed to high carbon dioxide levels, a plant has the best growing condition possible.
Do not mow your lawn close to the bottom. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. The shorter the grass, the shallower the roots, which makes the lawn more likely to develop brown patches.
When gardening, don’t use any broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides will also kill any beneficial insects that consume the pests you are trying to get rid of. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, the bad pest population may grow. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.
As this article has demonstrated, organic gardening is more complex than some may think. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. Simply by reading through the techniques provided to you in this article, you should find yourself much more informed and capable of organic gardening.