As the desire to make gardens organic becomes more popular, it is found that the overall holistic lifestyle is starting to be the way to go. The tenets of holistic living require use of herbs and certain other plants, which need to be organic. This article will provide many helpful tips.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.
A garden with a foundation of healthy soil is the best defense against pests. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. Stinkbugs are most prevalent on tomatoes, beans and peppers. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Most vegetables that can be grown need that much sun to grow well and quickly. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
You should think about adding evergreen plants that yield berries into your yard space. These evergreens will color your lawn, even when other flowers are not blooming. Plants that provide instant winter color include Holly, Winterberry, American Cranberrybush, and the American Holly.
Give them a boost by watering them with the cooled water that is left after steaming vegetables. Try adding used coffee grounds to the soil around plants that grow in acidic soil. Chamomile tea applied to plants can be an effective remedy for fungus problems.
Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. When you design your garden, think of a great focal point that will grab attention and add interest. The best focal points are those plants that really stand out from those that are adjacent.
Be careful how you water your garden. You can water efficiently by using a soaker hose which will eliminate the necessity of watering each plant one by one with a nozzle, or having to use a water can that you have to refill over and over. Avoid damage to new plantings by keeping the water on low to move the water slowly through the soaker. Watering your garden for a couple hours while you are working on other tasks is an efficient use of your time.
As you pick up more tips, acquire new techniques, and learn more in general about organic gardening, you will find organic horticulture becoming easier for you. The tips you have read here are just the beginning.
Originally posted 2013-08-25 03:47:29.