In order to be a good organic gardener, you need to have a lot of patience and a knack for how to take care of plants. It is a good way to grow healthy fresh foods in an environmentally friendly, chemical-free way. This particular hobby may not be as easy as it sounds. Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you horticulture like a pro.
It can be very hard to shovel clay soil, especially when it sticks to your shovel as you are working. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. 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.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. One of the safest “herbicides” you can find is a pot of boiling water. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.
If you would love to have access to fresh and healthy mint leaves from your own back yard, but dread the way the plant spreads so quickly, worry not. Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
Peas have a better chance of survival when their seeds are started indoors as opposed to outside, exposed to the elements. Pea seeds tend to germinate much better when planted indoors, before being moved to an outside garden. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. Once they are suitably strong, transplant them outside.
You don’t have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. But, that does not have to be the case! When it comes to brightly colored foliage, fall is an amazing time of year. Many trees display a range of the vivid colors of fall, from bright yellow to rich crimson, including maple, beech, and dogwood. Add even more color to your garden by planting shrubs such as hydrangea, barberry or cotoneaster.
The prevent your dog from trampling through your garden, spray some old aftershave, perfume or other heavily scented things on the grass around your plants. This covers up the smells that bring dogs to gardens in the first place, which means dogs are less likely to enter the garden.
Protect yourself from sun overexposure while horticulture by wearing the proper clothing. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Using the right protection from the harmful rays of the sun means less of a chance of you getting sunburn and skin cancer.
To garden properly in an organic fashion, requires a lot of patience, a lot of elbow grease and even more know-how. This hobby allows you to use the land and grow delicious food. To transform yourself into a successful organic gardener, simply follow our tips and put in a bit of effort!
Originally posted 2014-01-22 05:55:29.