Depending on the effort you put into it, an organic garden can be a great pleasure or a great pain. The following suggestions will guide you on how to be a very successful organic gardener.
Using a shovel in clay soil is a lot of work, not only is the clay hard, but it will stick to the shovel and make it twice as hard to handle. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. This will both make the clay fall off of the surface, and prevent the surface from rusting.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, shovels or hoes can work as great measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor to measure the distance between them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. These mollusks are capable of consuming an entire garden full of flowers in a single night. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. They can be used to cover up unsightly fences or walls. Often, they can grow enough to cover up an eyesore in one season. They can also grow through existing shrubs or trees, or be trained to cover an arbor. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Another option is to protect your plants by lacing them with offensive entities, such as peels from citrus fruit or even moth balls from your closet.
Vegetable plants should be planted where they can benefit from a minimum of six hours of sunlight every day. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. This also rings true for some of the flowers.
All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. The organic mulch will keep moisture in the soil for a little longer. It will also prevent the growth of weeds. This will save you tons of time from pulling out tons of weeds.
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. Using the tips that you just learned you can improve your skills in organic horticulture.