Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. Some of these plants must have support, and some can attach themselves to something using their stems and tendrils. Some dependable types include honeysuckle, clematis, jasmine, climbing roses, and wisteria.
For proper optimum growth, plants require sufficient amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). Most plants grow better in higher levels of CO2. A great way to reach these CO2 levels is through a greenhouse. When it is exposed to high carbon dioxide levels, a plant has the best growing condition possible.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. If you choose your plants carefully, you could have flowers in blossom from the first weeks of spring to the end of the summer.
Use fertilizer for maximum planting success. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. When you are organic gardening and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!