There are many people who’d like to have their own organic garden, but not many take the time to actually create one. Fear of failure, given the great care and consideration that must go into it, often scare people away. Read through this article and you can gain better insight on what it takes to start and grow your own organic garden; it’s not as hard as it may seem.
Use slug-proof varieties of perennials wherever possible. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Try using annuals and biennials to add color to your flower beds, and brighten them up. These fast growing flowers let you change how your flower bed looks season to season. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.
Do you enjoy your mint leaves, but can’t stand how they dominate your garden? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. Starting with your own seeds is more environmentally friendly than buying plants from a nursery. Since plastics that are in nurseries aren’t recycled very often and therefore usually wind up in landfills, you should begin with seeds or purchase from the nurseries that use natural materials in their plants’ packaging.
Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. These types of trees can offer your garden a splash of color, especially during the winter when all other plants and trees have lost their hues. Some plants provide color during the winter like the Winterberry, and American Holly, the American Cranberrybush and the Common Snowberry.
To give them a helping hand, pour the water you obtain after steaming vegetables over your plants. To add acidity to the soil of your rhododendrons and gardenias, use coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea is effective in combating a fungus problem within your garden.
Pick one plant to serve as your garden’s focal point. A good garden design will have a focal point which captivates attention. You want to choose a plant that will stand out, as opposed to blending in with the other plants adjacent to it.
In order to bring in good insects to your garden, you need to plant heather. Bees are very attracted to heather. When heather is first formed during the spring, it’s an early nectar source. If your heather bed is undisturbed, as it would be in nature, many beneficial insects will make it their home. Because of this, don’t forget to protect your hands when pruning heather beds.
Reading these tips probably cleared up some of the questions you had about organic horticulture. Hopefully, it made organic gardening seem less intimidating. Put this information to work for you in your organic garden and soon your kitchen will have an abundance of fresh, all natural and delicious produce.