You are committed to the idea of planting a garden that works well with the environment. There is no better time to start than the present! The following tips and tricks will help prepare you for organic gardening success.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. 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.
When you grow veggies in a garden, you need to ensure they get at least six hours of good sunlight each day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. It will also prevent the growth of weeds. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.
Good tools for the gardener include a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool. 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. Gardening involves moving heavy objects and dirt, so a wheelbarrow makes for a wise investment.
Always protect yourself from the sun when you are outdoors working in the garden; you can do this by wearing clothes that will shield you from the sun. Wear sunglasses and hats with wide brims, and apply sunscreen. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Heather is a magnet for friendly insects. Bees are naturally attracted to heather for its nectar. Because heather beds require very little maintenance, they often become the home of spiders, ground beetles, and other insects that can benefit your garden. With this knowledge at hand, it is in your best interest to wear gloves when tending the heather.
Involve the whole family in your horticulture hobby; children find growing things to be very interesting. Growing a garden is a great way to teach your children about nature while allowing you to have time to bond with them.
As you are working in your garden, you must take care to protect both knees. Most people can’t bend for long periods while standing. Kneeling is a preferred way to get to your plants while minimizing back pain. Get knee pads or a small mat you can use to kneel on if the ground is too hard.
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. Using a garden spade, dig underneath the turf and flip it. Then, create a layer of wood chips at least three inches deep over the area you just flipped. Allow for at least 10 days to pass, then plant the perennials that you just purchased.
You should now have the basic knowledge you need to start an organic garden. You may have thought you were prepared before, but now you will be a veritable expert! Remember to apply these tips as you plan and take care of your garden.