One of the best ways to improve your diet and make it healthier is to start and maintain an organic garden. Consider your garden an investment of your time and hard work. You may be unsure about how to go about this kind of horticulture.
A great gardening tip to use is to always select types of plants that are more likely to produce a high yield. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.
Plant some perennials in your garden that repel slugs. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
When mowing your lawn do not cut it as short as possible. If you leave your grass kind of high, your roots will be deeper and your lawn will be stronger and not dry out. If the grass is too short that will lead to shallow roots, which will cause a brown and dried-out lawn.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. When you use them, you will start to notice that your vegetables are tastier and more vibrant in color.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
Protect your deciduous shrubs which are tender. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
As this article has shown, to be successful at organic horticulture you must do your homework and put forth a bit of effort. For the best results, you need to be dedicated to the work. Remembering the above tips, you can successfully grow an organic garden.
Originally posted 2013-10-16 17:17:10.