Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. A lot of organic gardening strategies are cheap. Read on to learn a few tips if you are thinking about growing your own organic garden.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Several good choices include heuchera, campanula, achillea, and euphorbia.
Starting off your garden with healthy soil can be the best defense against those pesky garden bugs. If your plants are healthy, they can more easily resist insects and disease. 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.
Plants that climb can hide fences and walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. Some varieties of these plants will have to be tethered to some sort of support, but other varieties will be able to attach to the medium they are climbing. Reliable varieties include wisteria, honeysuckle, climbing roses, clematis, and jasmine.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Dig around roots carefully before transferring to a pot.
Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Place a small amount of seeds in a little container, while filling it to the brim with water. This will keep seeds hydrated and help them to grow faster. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.
Cooled water left over from steaming vegetables can be fed to them as a little snack. Some plants, such as gardenias, azaleas and rhododendrons need acidic soil for proper growth. Increase the acidity of your soil by adding coffee grounds and unused tea bags. Chamomile tea can be used as an effective fungicide for potted plants.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. In addition, these pesticides destroy the good insects which eat pests. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
To make a creative English garden, include many different kinds of plants and vary their height in the same garden bed. Using plants that all grow the same height result in a flat and uniform looking bed.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. When you are organic horticulture and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!