Organic produce tends be both healthier and better tasting than regular produce. Why not save your money and grown your own veggies? Below is a selection of organic gardening tips that will help you to start harvesting delicious, healthy produce at home.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. Get better results in clay by rubbing car wax or floor wax onto the shovel, then buff off and dig. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. 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. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Once a week, spray this on plants to eliminate the mildew. This solution is perfectly safe for your plants and gently treats mildew in a short amount of time.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
Put money into a quality wheelbarrow and kneeling stool if you plan to do garden work often. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Gardening also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. To add acidity to the soil of your rhododendrons and gardenias, use coffee or tea grounds. If you are having problems with fungus, you may find that sprinkling Chamomile tea on the plant is effective.
You no longer need to buy inferior produce. Use what you’ve read here to get started growing your very own high-quality produce.