Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. This article provides several useful tips that will help you improve your organic horticulture techniques.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. Just run some measuring tape right on the floor next to the handles. Have a marker handy, and mark the distance with it. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. These usually grow quickly, and provide an easy-to-change solution to making your flower beds bright and beautiful. They allow you to select different flowers from one year or season to the next. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
Before you begin to plant your garden you will need to check the soil. 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. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Make sure that your deciduous shrubs are protected. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
If your landscape includes low-growing plants, you should invest in a set of knee pads specifically designed for gardening. You will end up spending a good deal of time on your knees and this can cause a lot of pain by the end of the day. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. Damp leaves can lead to plant disease and parasites. In fact, fungi love a wet plant and can cause a great deal of damage. It is possible to control fungi with sprays, but the key is to treat your garden before any problems arise.
Consider planting evergreens that produce berries in your yard. These year-round berries will give the rest of your yard a much-needed pop of color, especially in the winter. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.
Get a wheelbarrow, and a stool so that you can kneel down while gardening. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. In addition, maintaining a garden typically means moving around heavy dirt and other objects, which makes buying a wheelbarrow a very smart purchase.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.