There are many different reasons for adopting organic gardening methods. For example, some people prefer to use organic gardening to cultivate edibles for the dinner table. However, effort is required in order to effectively grow. Are you wondering where to start?
You must gradually introduce your plants to changing conditions and temperatures, so you do not shock them. Place them outside in the sunlight for an hour or two on the first day. Throughout the week, you should increase a little at a time how long you have them outside. When the week is done, your plants will be ready for the big move without any problems.
Annuals and biennials are an excellent way to add a splash of bright color to your flower gardens. 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.
Plant a little catnip or wheatgrass in the area surrounding the plants that your cat is devouring. 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.
To save your knees from the wear and tear of gardening, invest in some knee pads if your garden includes a lot of low-growth plants. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. There are a number of options for fertilizer, but the truth is that what you use is unimportant; you just have to remember to use something.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticides for your garden. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Beneficial bugs are more sensitive to these pesticides than the bugs that are detrimental to plants, so if the good bugs are eliminated, the bad pest population may grow. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.
Pick one plant to serve as your garden’s focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. Focal points in gardens are normally a plant specimen that no one else in the neighborhood has in their landscape.
You can create a great English garden by mixing types and sizes in one bed. If you use plants that are all the same size your garden will look flat.
As you are aware now, there is homework to be done and energy to be expended in setting up a real organic garden. It also holds true, that if you want to see results, you need to keep putting effort into it. If you use the advice in this article, you will soon see great results from your organic garden.