Gardening is a surprisingly complicated subject at times. If you decide to go the natural route, you may have to know about things like the pH balance of soil and natural bug-fighting concoctions. Growing an organic garden can be a bit difficult for a newbie. Follow the tips in the article below, and you will be a pro in no time.
Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. Not only will the clay slide off the surface, but it will keep the end from rusting.
Choose higher yield plant varieties. There are genetically modified plants that resist cold and/or disease. These often give higher yields due to higher survival rates.
Starting off your garden with healthy soil can be the best defense against those pesky garden bugs. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. If you want to get the best plants, begin with a soil that has hardly any chemicals, and that will bring salts.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. No need to worry if a bush or tree is in the way, as climbers can grow through them. Also, they can match the shape of an arbor. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
In order for plants to grow, they must have enough CO2. Most plants grow better in higher levels of CO2. Growing plants in a greenhouse is the best way to contain CO2 for use by your plants. CO2 levels, when kept high, give your plants optimal growing conditions.
When autumn has arrived, you must plant everything you want to eat before winter. Why not plant lettuce and kale inside a hollowed-out pumpkin? Once you cut an opening at the top of the pumpkin and scoop out the insides, spray the inside and edges with Wilt-Pruf to keep the pumpkin from rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Use this to remind you where certain things were planted, later when they start sprouting. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
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.