Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for many people around the world, but doing it organically is even more rewarding. If you lack experience as a gardener, it is perfectly natural to be somewhat intimidated by the thought of all that work. The question is, what can a beginner do to become knowledgeable on organic gardening? Start by reading the advice in this article.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Coat and buff the digging end of the shovel with automobile wax to make digging easier. You will be able to work with the clay more easily, and it will not stick to your shovel.
Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.
If your gardening plans include pea plantings, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. Pea seeds tend to germinate much better when planted indoors, before being moved to an outside garden. This method also results in hardier seedlings that can better resist insects and disease. Transplant them outside when they are fully established and able to thrive.
Read instructions before using any gardening tool you aren’t familiar with, including pesticides or other chemicals. Use the tools only as directed in the instructions. If you ignore them, you can irritate your skin in most painful ways. Stick to the rules and safeguard your health.
Pick your vegetables when the temperature is moderate to avoid bruising them. For vegetables growing on vines, cut them carefully rather than twisting them off to avoid damage to the plant.
Heather can bring helpful critters into your garden. Heather is quite alluring to bees; when spring comes along, it provides the bees with a source of nectar early. Spiders, ground beetles and other insects helpful to your garden tend to live in a heather bed, because heather beds are generally undisturbed. If you choose to employ the use of heather, always make sure to throw on a pair of gloves during the pruning process.
To create an attractive, quintessentially English garden, you need to use a mixture of different plants that all grow to varying heights in each bed. If you use plants of similar heights, the result will be pretty boring and uniform.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. Simple slice into the soil with a spade, flip the turf, and mulch the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips. Allow a few weeks to pass by before you dig down into the applied soil.
Now you can see how organic gardening is so enjoyable. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. By applying the advice and insights of this article, you can garden as good as the professionals.