Organic gardening has become more popular with increased concern about the effects of fertilizers and chemicals on the environment, as well as overall health. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. The following tips will help turn you into a successful organic gardener in no time at all.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. 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 of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig carefully around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot.
Divide irises. To increase the number that you have, you need to take all your overgrown clumps and split them up. Uproot bulbous irises if the flowers have wilted. The bulbs, when harvested, should easily split by hand – allowing you to replant them for even more blooms next spring. Cut rhizomes into pieces with a knife. You can trim new pieces away from the outside of the bulbs and then simply throw the old center away. Every piece is suppose to have at least one durable offshoot. Set your cuttings into the ground right away.
When tending a vegetable garden, you might find that pest control is a bit difficult. Don’t spray any harsh chemicals on your vegetables because you will be eating them later on. The key to keeping garden pests at bay is to be relentless. If you discover the pests when they first infest your plants, the best way to remove them is to pick them off manually.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. When you work to keep your garden in tune with nature, you’ll also see more birds and animals stop by for a visit.