Organic gardening is a goal many people have but never actually try to accomplish. Many people feel intimidated by horticulture because it is so unfamiliar to them. Once you’ve read through this article, you will feel more confident about creating the garden of your dreams.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Perennials with hairy, tough leaves as well as those with unpleasant taste are not appetizing to snails and slugs. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
If mildew is forming on your plants, you should not purchase an expensive chemical. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can also train climbers to cover arbors and other things that you want covered, and they will even grow right through trees and shrubs. Some must be tied to supports, but some climbers use twining stems or tendrils and attach themselves to those surfaces. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
You may be able to re-pot some plants to bring indoors for the winter. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
It is important to choose the right type of soil if you want to achieve the best results. What plants you desire determines what type of soil you need in your garden, and whether or not it needs to be amended. It is also possible to set aside a portion of your garden to include just one type of soil.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
CO2 is essential for growth. A high level of CO2 provides an optimum environment for growth. The best way to obtain a saturated level of carbon dioxide (CO2) is to use a greenhouse. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. A hardy perennial addition to your garden, bulbs will continue to delight every year. Remember that different bulbs will bloom at all different times of the year, so if you are careful to choose the right bulbs, you will see blooms in the early spring, and have flowers all the way to late summer.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides for your garden. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. This might result in you having to use even more pesticides to get rid of the pests.
As long as you bear these tips in mind, you should feel more confident in your ability to cultivate a lush garden. By using the information you have learned from the tips above, you can start to grow the organic garden that you’ve always wanted.