Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for many people around the world, but doing it organically is even more rewarding. But, newcomers may find the process to be somewhat overwhelming at first. How can you begin to learn about organic gardening? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Take the hard work out of using a shovel in clay soil by rubbing a light coat of car or floor wax over the surface with a clean cloth and buff the surface. The wax will enable the clay soil to simply slide off the shovel, and will also prevent the shovel from rusting.
Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
Boiling away unwanted weeds is an odd, but productive method used in many gardens. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Make sure to pour only on the weeds and to stay away from healthy vegetation. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
Your garden can really benefit from evergreens featuring berries. These will help give your garden a burst of color, even in the winter months when most other vegetation has lost their colors. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
It can be tough to keep insects and other plant-ruining crawlies from infesting your garden. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. If you catch them early, you can take them off the plants by hand.
Use plants to get some autumn color. That idea is actually far from the truth. In the fall, the foliage displays every color of the rainbow. There are a number of trees that provide exuberant displays of color, such as Dogwood, Beech and Maple. Cotoneaster, barberry and hydrangea can provide vibrant color if you are considering shrubs for your garden.
Now you should be able to see why organic gardening can be such an enjoyable activity to participate in. Cultivating your green thumb is a relaxing, engaging hobby that the whole family can enjoy. With the tips presented above at the forefront of your mind, you can begin to grow delicious organic produce like a professional.