The rewards of an organic garden to your health and eating pleasure are innumerable. Consider your garden an investment of your time and hard work. Perhaps you are unsure of the benefits of organic gardening, or you are unsure how to get your garden started.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
If you’re planning on horticulture, carefully watch for stink bugs! You should be particularly careful during Autumn. This insect will gladly devour your tomatoes, beans, and peppers, as well as a variety of other fruits. If not managed well, they can wreak havoc on your garden.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Bulbs are easy to grow and hearty, and they keep growing in years to come. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This hydrates your seeds and jump-starts their growth. This way, the seeds will have a much better shot at survival once they are planted.
Try growing some cat grass or wheat grass in the vicinity of the plants that your cat likes to eat. Try putting mothballs or citrus on your soil to wards pets away.
A good but unusual organic solution for weeding your plants is try “boiling” your weeds way. A pot of boiling hot water can be one of the most safe weed destroyers. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
Allow enough room between plants for air to circulate, so that plants do not stay too wet. Moisture on plants is sure to attract disease and parasites. In fact, fungi love a wet plant and can cause a great deal of damage. Although fungi can be treated with sprays, it is possible to preempt the problem and very important to plant health that you do so.
If you want to grow peas, consider starting them indoors instead of planting them outside. Pea seeds germinate better indoors. Give the seeds enough time to get stronger: growing indoors will make it easier for your plants to resist diseases and the pesky bugs. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.
You may want to think about having evergreens that will produce berries planted in your yard. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
As should be obvious by now, organic gardening requires a bit of forethought and planning before implementation. Also, to get the best results, you must stay focused and keep up with it. Use the tips presented here, along with some ideas of your own, and you can be a thriving organic gardener in no time.