Regular tending is a necessity for any garden. It is particularly important for the organic garden. However, it is possible to be smart about your organic gardening. This will help you grow more healthier, happier and tastier produce in your garden. Utilize these tips to create a garden that stands out as an organic mecca of beauty.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. A plant that is resistant to disease, or one that is tolerant of extreme weather, will deliver a higher yield.
Try to plan a variety of perennials that are slug-proof. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Known commonly as climbers, these plants are very versatile, easy to grow, and they will quickly spread out to cover up walls and fences within a single season. Climbers can also be trained to grow and cover an arbor, and they will grow through or around existing trees and shrubs. 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. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Take all of the weeds out of your landscaping! Weeds steal nutrients from plants, robbing a garden of its potential harvest. White vinegar is one option you can use in your routine weed removal. The acidity of the vinegar is harmful to most plants. So, use a spray solution of white vinegar if you are tired of pulling those weeds by hand.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. Your seeds will then have the best chance possible to survive to maturity.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. Offensive smells also work to repel cats and other pesky animals from eating your plants. Try putting mothballs, citrus peels, garlic and other pungent items on the topsoil.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. This container can be placed in the soil if you prefer the look of mint in your garden, and it will continue to contain the roots of your mint and prevent it from taking over.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Slugs are repelled by bordering your vegetable garden with either onions or marigolds. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
It can be tough to keep insects and other plant-ruining crawlies from infesting your garden. The vegetables are intended to be eaten, thus you should refrain from using harsh pesticides and chemicals. Research the methods available for eliminating garden pests organically. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
Having an organic garden means that you can enjoy fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables whenever you want. It requires a good work ethic, but an organic garden is indeed worth the effort.