Having an organic garden is a great way to have access to healthy foods whenever you want them, which will ultimately lead to a healthier diet. However, effort is required in order to effectively grow. Are you wondering where to start?
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. Certain perennials that don’t have tough leaves are especially tasty to snails and slugs. Perennials that have thick, furry leaves and unpleasant tastes are less likely to attract slugs and snails. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
If you are going to be doing some gardening, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! This insect will gladly devour your tomatoes, beans, and peppers, as well as a variety of other fruits. If kept unchecked they can certainly do a ton of a damage to your garden so you should do what you need to to reduce their population.
If you want your garden to blossom with flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant some bulbs in it. Most bulbs are hardy and require little to no care in order to develop into beautiful perennials that will reappear each and 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.
Pre-soak seeds overnight in a dark place. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. This way, your seeds are well-hydrated and can start growing with a head start. The seeds will have a better chance of surviving and maturing.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. Once the plant is healthy enough, replant it in your garden with the appropriate type of soil. Packaging materials for many plants utilize plastics that are not recyclable, so avoid these containers and choose instead to sow your garden with seeds or utilize organic pots.
If your horticulture plans include pea plantings, try starting them off indoors rather than planting the raw seeds in outdoor beds. When the plants are started inside, the seeds will have an easier time germinating. The seedlings will also be heartier, which means they can resist pests and diseases better. You could transplant the seedlings outdoors once they are able to survive and thrive.
As you are aware now, there is homework to be done and energy to be expended in setting up a real organic garden. So you can see these results, you must keep working with them. Use the tips presented here, along with some ideas of your own, and you can be a thriving organic gardener in no time.