There are many different reasons why one would might prefer organic gardening methods over more traditional approaches. Some of the most popular reasons include concerns about chemicals, health problems and the environment. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your own organic garden.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. You will then be able to lessen the time between planting your seeds. Once you’ve removed the previous group of plants, your seedlings can go into the ground.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
When it’s autumn, you know what that means. It’s time to plant fall vegetables! A hollowed out pumpkin can become a festive container for kale and lettuce. Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin, scoop out the inside, and spray the entire thing with Wilt-Proof. This will prevent rotting. Once you have finished, you can begin planting.
Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This is better than using plastic to wrap the plant, as more air can circulate.
Try dousing weeds in your garden with boiling water to get rid of them. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.
Do you enjoy fresh mint leaves though hate how they grow so fast and take over your entire garden? Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. These strong pesticides are non-selective, killing beneficial insects as well as pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to strong pesticides than the insects you are actually trying to get rid of. This will lead you to end up killing off the good bugs in your garden, leaving the field wide open for the harmful ones. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. When you work to keep your garden in tune with nature, you’ll also see more birds and animals stop by for a visit.