You must have both patience and skill to grow an organic garden. This is a hobby where the goal is to grow food that is healthy and pesticide free. Although this may sound easier than it is. Read on for suggestions on what you will need to start gardening like a pro.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Biennials and annuals are great if you would like to better your flower bed. By utilizing quick-growing biennials and annuals, not only will you be brightening up your flower bed, you can also alter its look each season and each year. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. Baking soda will effectively remove the mildew without damaging your plants.
Fertilize your garden regularly. Manure can be effective, though you should use products which minimize pathogens. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Pest control is tough when you have a veggie garden. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden. Don’t forget you intend on eating these vegetables. One way to control gardening pests is to be vigilant. If you catch the pests early, the best removal technique is just to take them off your plants by hand.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Pull the canes together at the top and securely tie them. Next, using a sheet or perhaps even a blanket, cover the structure. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. Kids are quite eager to pick fruit from a garden, and will help with the planting if they get a nice snack out of it at the end.
Don’t forget to use a good fertilizer in your garden. Manure is very effective in helping plants grow, although it is important to use a commercially composted product to minimize the risk of pathogens. Many types of fertilizers are available. The type you utilize is not critical; just be sure to use one.
Using natural materials in the garden will keep pests away. Slugs stay away from marigolds and onions when they are planted in a garden. Insect pests will stay away from seedlings and trees if you use wood ash around the base as a mulch. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
If you are gardening with a cut, make sure that you adequately protect it from dirt and chemicals. If an open wound is not protected while you are working in the garden, dirt and bacteria may cause the cut to become infected. Bandage all cuts completely, using bandages that cover and seal cuts.
If you sell or use organically grown produce in a commercial setting, you should communicate your commitment to natural growing by becoming certified. This will increase your sales, and it will prove to your customers that they have quality products.
Gardening is a fun hobby that allows you be more earth friendly. Not only does organic gardening provide you with quality food, but also you learn all of the plant’s cycles.
To get a good start, look below the surface! For example, you want to avoid tomato seedlings that have several green starts and a weak root system. These starts will stick to the seedlings for quite some time, which prevents the seedlings from growing until the starts are gone.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.