Organic vegetables and fruit are healthy and delicious. Why not consider producing your own organically grown produce? Keep reading to learn how you can grow an organic garden, right in your home.
Consider starting your plants in pots and then planting the seedlings in your garden. Your plants will be more likely to mature this way. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. You can plant the seedlings once you have removed the old plants.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Some of examples of these are achillea, heuchera, campanula, helleborus, and euphorbia.
Prepare your seeds by soaking them in a dark environment. Place your seeds in a container filled with water. The idea here is for your seeds to become fully hydrated by the time they hit the dirt. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
Don’t cut your grass too short! By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides in the garden. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. The helpful insects in your garden can be highly sensitive to pesticides and if their population goes down, the harmful insect population will grow. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
If you have problems keeping the dog out of the garden, spray things like aftershave, perfume or other scents on the grass surrounding the garden. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
An English garden mixes plants of various kinds and sizes close together, which helps to give it a more multi-dimensional feel. Using plants of all the same kind or size, can result in a boring, and unoriginal garden.
Once your seeds start sprouting, they do not need as much warmth as they needed before. Sprouting plants can be removed from the heat source. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container. Keep an eye on your seeds so you will know when this should be done.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. This will also give a nice, professional appearance to your garden all year.
When the time has come to gather up the produce, you need to use an old laundry basket. It makes a great strainer for your vegetables. After you have rinsed your produce in the laundry basket, the water will just drain right out the sides.
There is no need to buy produce of lesser quality. Use the tips featured above the next time you are in your garden, and in the not too distant future, you could be harvesting your very own organic fruits, vegetables and herbs.