You probably already know the difference between organic and non-organic foods, and have seen your share of the organic type at your supermarket. You know which items are organic. These have different packages and cost a bit more. Read this article to learn how to create your very own organic garden.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. To give your garden the best chance of yielding the healthiest plants, start with a high-quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. Some varieties are hollyhocks, petunias and sunflowers.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. You can obtain a soil analysis for a nominal fee. Using that report, you can amend your soil as needed for a thriving garden. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! Use some Wilt-Pruf to prevent your pumpkin from decomposing and then you can put your plants right inside. Once you’ve done this, you can plant.
Try to grow some wheat or cat grass around your cat’s favorite plants. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
You can keep your dog away from your garden by spraying perfume or aftershave in the grass. This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.
Originally posted 2013-10-15 19:48:51.