Anyone can learn how to maintain an organic garden and enjoy it. Starting to garden can be intimidating at first. Therefore, how should a newbie get their first garden started? Read the advice provided in this article!
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
If you see mildew that is powdery, stay away from expensive chemicals to treat it. Mix a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda into water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.
Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. You might want to transplant your most valuable varieties. Dig carefully around their roots and place them into a pot.
Bulbs are the best solution to get flowers in spring and in summer. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. 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.
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. The coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to give some acid back to the dirt. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
It should now be clear to you why so many people find organic horticulture enjoyable. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. Follow the advice in this article to avoid the common pitfalls associated with organic horticulture.