In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. Healthy soil equals healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease. Start your garden off with a high-quality soil that you can enrich over time.
When it’s autumn, it’s time to start planting all of your fall edibles. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. To use the pumpkin as a planter, it is important to prevent it from rotting. To do this, you simply spray the entire inside and any edges with a gardening spray called Wilt-Pruf. This is done after you’ve opened the pumpkin at the top and removed the insides. When you finish this, you can plant!
Your vegetable garden should get at least six hours of sun daily. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. This arrangement will also benefit some types of flowers.
If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. The coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to give some acid back to the dirt. This simple act can lead to vegetables that taste better and look more appealing.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. You will protect your shrubs from the cold without having to cover them in plastic, which can cause rot.
Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Each variety needs a slightly different amount of growing time to produce the most flavorful vegetable. For instance, for the best flavor, zucchini and baby peas should be picked when they are young. Let your tomatoes, however, linger on the vine until they are fully ripe. Research the best time to pick your produce.
Gardening can be very relaxing. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. Gardening is at the top of the list of ways to relax for many people. The cost is low and the reward is often high. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the sense of peace and calm that comes from nurturing your plants.
Gardening can be hard on your knees. Bending for extended time periods causes pain for many people. If you have trouble with this, kneel instead of bending while gardening. Many types of gardening pads and cushions are available so that avid gardeners can kneel for longer periods of time without experiencing knee pain.
For the best results, properly prepare your garden for planting. Water the soil first. Next, you will want to evenly distribute your seeds to ensure sufficient growing space. Bury them 3 times as deep in relation to the seed’s size. Some seeds should not be buried at all as they need light to grow.
With the above information in hand, you now know a little bit about what is needed to succeed as an organic gardener. Keep learning more tricks and start practicing with a few plants. Keep this advice in mind and put it to good work for you in your own organic garden and hopefully, yield very successful and beautiful results.