Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Plant some wheat grass or cat grass near where you car tends to nibble in your garden. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
Protect your deciduous shrubs which are tender. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. A pot of very hot water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. The boiling water will damage the roots of the weeds and will usually prevent further growth.
Ensuring your plants are both dry and aerated is a great way to keep them healthy. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Utilizing the advice provided in this article in your organic gardening efforts will produce great results. You will quickly see your garden becoming more productive and healthy, while being free of toxins. When you work to keep your garden in tune with nature, you’ll also see more birds and animals stop by for a visit.