Are you scared of what chemicals lurk in commercial fertilizer or pesticides? No longer worrying about these toxic chemicals is just one of the many benefits of gardening organically. Also, most methods of organic gardening are fairly inexpensive. To begin your journey into the world of organic gardening, follow these tips.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
To defend your garden from errant dogs, spray something with a strong scent, including aftershave or old perfume around the perimeter of the garden. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
Beautiful insects are attracted to heather when you plant it. Heather is very attractive to bees, and when bees first emerge in the spring, it is an early source of nectar. Because heather beds require very little maintenance, they often become the home of spiders, ground beetles, and other insects that can benefit your garden. With this knowledge at hand, it is in your best interest to wear gloves when tending the heather.
Young children will love it if you plant strawberries that bear continually, and organic gardens are the perfect place to do it. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
Aspirin water will strengthen your plants against diseases. One and one half aspirin crushed and added to a two gallon container of water will be a great help for your plants. Next, coat the plant with the aspirin mixture by spraying it on the leaves. Try to apply the mixture to the plants at least once in each three week period.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. When you work to keep your garden in tune with nature, you’ll also see more birds and animals stop by for a visit.