Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the most of your garden.
Use perennials resistant to slugs and snails. Slugs or snails can kill a plant very quickly. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. These fast growth plants make flower beds vibrant, and they let you alter the appearance seasonally and annually. In addition, they work well as gap fillers between other areas, as long as those areas receive plenty of sunlight. A variety of flowers that will thrive in your region are available.
Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Weeds can turn a beautiful garden into an eyesore. Try using white vinegar to get rid of weeds. White vinegar is natural, very inexpensive, and can really kill the weeds! Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. This will hydrate the seeds and facilitate growth. The seeds will have a better chance of surviving and maturing.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. Alternatively, you can try putting mothballs, citrus peel or anything else with an odor that cats find distasteful in the soil surrounding the plants.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. Short grass tends to have shallow roots, which can cause dried out, brown patches to occur.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. This is a great and cheap way to increase the acid levels in your dirt. The right soil will make your vegetables taste better and make your flowers more vibrant and aromatic.
Learn the best harvesting time for each kind of vegetable you plant. Different vegetables and fruits have their ideal seasons and months where they flourish, survive, and are harvested at the highest quality. Zucchini and baby peas, for example, have the best flavor when harvested early. In contrast, tomatoes are best when left on the vine as long as possible. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
Vegetables are softer when they are warmer, increasing the risk that you will damage them. Cut them with a tool rather than pulling or twisting, otherwise you could damage the plant itself.
Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. In order to encourage proper growth, they will need that warmth. If you want to save money on gas bills in the winter, you can provide local heating for the plants with a heat lamp instead.
When planting seeds, make sure to take your time. A key first step is to add moisture to your soil. Plant the seeds evenly to ensure that they have ample room to grow. Bury them three times as deep as the size of the seeds. Make sure you are not burying the seeds that need light to grow.
Use about two to three inches of organic material as mulch in all of your flower beds. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. It will also increase the visual appeal of the flower beds.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. When you work to keep your garden in tune with nature, you’ll also see more birds and animals stop by for a visit.