Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
Pest control is tough when you have a veggie garden. Since you are growing the vegetables for your own consumption, you want to stay away from pesticides. The key to keeping garden pests at bay is to be relentless. If you find any unwanted pests, try removing them by hand.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to strong pesticides than the insects you are actually trying to get rid of. This will lead you to end up killing off the good bugs in your garden, leaving the field wide open for the harmful ones. This can cause you to actually use more pesticides than you originally needed to combat the problem.
When gardening, remember to take care of your knees! Many people can not bend over for long periods of time while they are standing up. If you have trouble with this, kneel instead of bending while gardening. Get knee pads or a small mat you can use to kneel on if the ground is too hard.
Use this simple tip to get your perennial garden ready in a flash. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. Wait two weeks or so, and then you are ready to jump right in with digging and planting.
Do not plant your seeds in a rush. Start by getting the soil good and moist. Then you want to spread your seeds evenly while making sure that they have enough room to grow. Bury the seed with a planting depth of about three times its size. Not all seeds are meant to be buried in soil, there are certain types of seeds that only grow in the light.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. You can also look forward to a boost in the volume of wildlife inhabiting your nature-loving garden.