You will see the difference when you begin using tried-and-true organic gardening methods. It proves you care about growing healthy plants. This is a very good thing to do. Improvement to any skill can always be achieved, and this skill set is no different. Below are a collection of organic gardening tips that will help you to develop your talent.
Starting seedlings in pots before planting in your garden is a smart idea. Your plants will be more likely to survive if you do this. In addition, it lets you tighten the time in between plantings. Your seedlings will be ready to be planted when you remove your old mature plants.
Get a slug-proof variety of perennials. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. You then want to spray this mixture on your plants one time a week until you notice the mildew disappear. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Cover the fences and walls with 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. They also have been known to grow through existing trees or shrubs, or can be easily taught to cover any size arbor. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
When fall arrives, it’s time to plant your autumn vegetables. A pumpkin can be used as a planting container instead of clay pots. Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Once you have completed this, start planting!
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You could also place something that will cause your cat to go away from your plants, such as citrus peels or mothballs.
Get some gardening knee pads if you find yourself kneeling on the ground a lot to do your gardening. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.
Beautiful insects are attracted to heather when you plant it. Bees are attracted to heather, and they can bring a source of nectar early in the spring. Spiders, ground beetles and other insects helpful to your garden tend to live in a heather bed, because heather beds are generally undisturbed. Keep this in mind and always wear gloves when you prune your heather!
You now have your garden tools, seeds and supplies needed to skillfully grow an organic garden, using the tips given here. You’ve come to the right place! The basic tips provided here will give you a good start in building your own body of knowledge as you work. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned pro, you can always find a small bit of information you may not have previously known.