Your goal is to plant the best organic garden possible. There is no better time to start than the present! Keep reading for tips any beginner will find useful.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
Both cat grass and wheat grass are good for giving your errant feline pause. Additionally, use your cat’s keen sense of smell to your advantage. Citrus fruit peels and mothballs both smell horrible to cats, so put them on the soil near the plants your cat likes to eat.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. A pot full of boiling water is an effective herbicide, yet it is, chemically speaking, completely harmless. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
Always fertilize your garden. Manure is a great garden additive, but it is important that you choose a manure that has been composted commercially so that there is less of a risk of pathogens. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticidal products anywhere in your gardening area. These kinds of pesticides kill the helpful insects that destroy the pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
If little ones live in your home, consider including everbearing strawberries in the garden plot. Strawberries are a favorite of children due to their sweetness. And since they’re so easy and fun to pick, it’s also a healthy, productive, safe activity that children can assist adults with.
When you are working in your garden, you will want to have all of your tools in a convenient location. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Keep your tools well-maintained and stored away in a designated place. That way you always know where they are and they are ready to use when you need them. It may be necessary to don a tool belt or cargo pants with extra pockets.
When you are planning on growing a garden, you should think about the space you will need to provide a healthy growing area for your plants. As plants grow and spread out, you will not always know how much space will be required. You will also need to ensure that you allow ample space around full-grown plants for air circulation. Think ahead and give each plant room for expansion, by properly spacing the seeds.
After reading this article, you should have all the information necessary to start your organic garden. You may have thought you were all set to start digging prior to reading this article, so now you should be able to call yourself an expert! Use the advice you have been given to make your organic garden bloom like never before.