Men and women of all ages enjoy relaxing in an organic gardening and making things grow. Starting to garden can be intimidating at first. So, how can you best prepare yourself as a novice organic gardener? If so, keep reading. You are only minutes away from becoming a better gardener.
Think about starting plants in pots, and then placing the seedlings in the garden later. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. Your next crop of seedlings will be started and ready to be planted immediately after you remove your last crop from the garden.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Pre-soak your seeds to keep them healthy. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. This way, the seeds will have a much better shot at survival once they are planted.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. You can plant the container into the soil if you want to, but the container will restrict the roots, and make sure that the plant doesn’t run rampant in your garden.
Consider planting evergreens in your garden that produce berries. This gives your garden a bit of a “splash” of color, even in winter when everything is nearly colorless. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.
Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. Some vegetables, such as zucchini and baby peas, should be harvested when they are relatively young. Tomatoes, though, are tastiest when they have been allowed to ripen on the vine as long as possible. So, be aware of the best harvest time to pick your veggies.
Controlling pests can be quite challenging when trying to grow a healthy, hardy vegetable garden. Do not spray harsh chemicals on the vegetables you are going to eat. One way to keep pests at bay is to remain diligent about your garden. If you happen to notice them early on, you can control them just by physically removing them from your plants with your hands.
It is by now obvious how beneficial and enjoyable organic gardening can truly be when you know how to approach it. Taking care of a garden is a fun and relaxing experience. By applying the advice and insights of this article, you can garden as good as the professionals.