A lot of people become interested in organic gardening due to worry about long-term, poisonous effects of pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their personal health. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your own organic garden.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
Plants that climb can hide fences and walls. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle, clematis and some rose varieties are good choices for climbers.
Transfer your favorite plants indoors to rescue them from the winter frosts. You should probably save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
Plants require a good amount of CO2 in order to grow to their maximum height. Typically, the higher the levels of carbon dioxide present in a plant’s environment, the better it will grow. A greenhouse will provide plants with an environment rich in carbon dioxide. When it is exposed to high carbon dioxide levels, a plant has the best growing condition possible.
Stinkbugs can be a nuisance in the garden. These bugs are known to be proliferate in the cooler fall months. Stink bugs are attracted to tomatoes, beans and most fruits. They can do serious damage in your garden, so look for an effective method of reducing their population.
Use bulbs to ensure continuous flowers throughout the spring and summer. Bulbs are hearty and will continue to grow every year. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
You can keep pests away from your garden by using other plants or natural materials. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Insects can be deterred if you use wood ash instead of mulch around trees and shrub seedlings. Natural remedies, like the ones listed, will help reduce the need and usage of harsh chemical pesticides.
Take a look at planting berry-producing evergreens in your yard. These plants will look good year-round, even during the winter, when your other plants have lost their bloom. Plants which you can purchase that offer color during the winter are the Winterberry, the Common Snowberry, the American Holly, and the American Cranberrybush.
If you are gardening with a cut, make sure that you adequately protect it from dirt and chemicals. Cuts that are infiltrated by soil or other substances have the potential to breed serious infections. You can completely seal the area using some of the great bandages that are now available.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.