There are so many natural alternatives available to you if you want to turn your garden organic. You just need to learn what you can do, and then do it.
Digging in clay soil with a shovel can be very difficult. The clay isn’t easy to work with and will adhere to the shovel, which only makes the problem worse. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. By waxing the shovel head, the clay will not be able to adhere to the surface.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Make a landscaping plan before you dig your first hole. This is a good way to remember which plants have been planted in each area before they grow. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
Get some horticulture knee pads if you find yourself kneeling on the ground a lot to do your horticulture. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Buy yourself a pair of knee pads to use in the garden to cushion and protect your knees.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. Considering that boiling water is rather safe, you don’t have to worry about toxins in your soil or at your dinner table. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. Fungi are parasites that are common in the plant world. It is possible to control fungi with sprays, but the key is to treat your garden before any problems arise.
Don’t forget to use a good fertilizer in 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. There are many fertilization methods out there; the type is not quite as important as actually using something.
Keeping pests out of a vegetable garden can be difficult. You want to avoid spraying harsh chemicals since the vegetables are meant for consumption. Remain alert in order to control garden pests. If you catch pests right away, the easiest way to eradicate them is to pick them off plants by hand.
To give them a boost, pour out any leftover water from steaming or boiling vegetables on the plants or soil around them. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. Some types of plant fungus problems can be solved by sprinkling with chamomile tea.
Irrigate your garden efficiently. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can. Make sure that your water pressure is set to low, so that no harm will come to any tender plants. Just use it on your foliage for a few hours.
Anyone may plant gardens, but only those who are knowledgeable can get more out of their planted crops. It is important to put these organic tips to good use.