If you are careful, and use appropriate gardening techniques, it will show. Being motivated to take care of your garden and wanting to put some time and efforts in it is a great thing. Gardening is an admirable activity. Like any other skills you may have, these are able to be improved. Read on for some insights that can prove to be invaluable.
To prevent shocking your plants, you must gradually introduce new temperatures and other conditions to them. Try placing them outside in sunlight for about an hour or maybe two the first day. Then over the next week, gradually increase the time they are in their new habitat. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. To ease the digging, apply some car wax or floor wax to the head of the shovel and buff. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
If your plants have a powdery mildew, don’t use expensive chemicals on them. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Spray this mixture on your plants weekly until the mildew is gone. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
Consider planting evergreens that produce berries in your yard. They will provide a splash of color in the drab and dreary winter months when a lot of other plants have lost their colors. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
You should get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool for garden work. Working on the ground for long periods of time can be painful on the knees, so a small garden stool can really allow you to work in comfort. Also, horticulture can involve a lot of heavy lifting and moving items, therefore a robust wheelbarrow can make that aspect much easier.
Now you know more about organic gardening. This is a positive thing. These suggestions can help beginners get started, and can give experienced gardeners more techniques to work from. You can always benefit from learning! Now, you can apply this new information to make your organic garden function better and become a more enjoyable endeavor.