Organic gardening can either be a major headache, or a very relaxing hobby. The following advice will show you how to grow an organic garden successfully.
Try planting your plants in flower pots first, then transferring them to your garden once they have had a bit of time to grow. By allowing them to sprout first, you are increasing the odds of a seedling reaching maturity. It also permits you to tighten the time between plantings. Using this method, you can remove the mature plants, then put the seedlings in their places.
Use perennials resistant to slugs and snails. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
Fight pests before you even plant, by getting your soil in shape. Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
If you have a wall or fence that you do not like, plant climbers to mask its appearance. These types of plants can climb anything, which makes them perfect for covering up a wall or fence that needs to be hidden. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
Plant bulbs in your garden if you want flowers through spring and summer. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and every year. Keep in mind that different bulb types bloom differently and at different time periods, so when you choose a bulb plan accordingly, you can have your plant blooms lasting spring into summer.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. It is also possible to utilize coffee ground or tea to make the soil more acidic for gardenias, rhododendrons and other plants that prefer acidic soil. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
As you can see, there is a lot more to organic gardening than most people think. Organic gardening demands hard work and perseverance in the face of adversity, but your sacrifices will be rewarded when you can look out of your bedroom window and see a stunning organic garden in your own backyard, that you created with your own bare hands. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.