More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. A lot of techniques for organic horticulture actually don’t cost a lot of money. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
Deciduous shrubs need protection from the cold. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. 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.
Be vigilant about keeping moisture off your plants. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. It is possible to get rid of fungi after it appears with anti-fungal sprays, but it’s better to spray at-risk areas before fungi appear.
Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
If you are just starting out, follow all the guidelines and rules on your chemicals and tools. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. Following instructions for the use of harsh chemicals can keep you safe from serious injury.
Use the advice here to start your own organic garden. It is an interesting hobby and one that can improve your health. Your foods will taste better and not contain the heavy chemicals of store bought produce. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.