People who start doing organic gardening do so because they don’t like toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers. Another benefit of organic gardening is that it is relatively inexpensive. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Long plants that run up or around a fence or wall are often useful for masking ugliness. 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 can also grow through existing shrubs or trees, or be trained to cover an arbor. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.
Do some research to find out the best time for harvesting your vegetables. Each variety of vegetable has a specific time to be harvested so that you may enjoy its fullest flavor. Baby peas, for example have much better flavor if they are harvested early in the ripening process, as does zucchini. Tomatoes, however, should be plucked from the vine the moment they appear ripe. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
Plant with autumn colors in mind. However, that does not have to be the case! If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. For example, maple, beech, and dogwood trees all change from their usual green to a vibrant spectrum of yellow, orange, and red. Add even more color to your garden by planting shrubs such as hydrangea, barberry or cotoneaster.
If you know that you’ll be in the garden for an extended period of time, protect yourself from the sun with proper attire. Pair sunglasses with wide-brimmed hats and a dab of sunblock. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. A flourishing organic garden will also be an open invitation to some very interesting creatures of the wild that you can look forward to seeing.