Many people think of starting an organic garden, but few actually go out and do it. The task may seem daunting and complicated to those unfamiliar with it. Follow the advice in this article to make organic gardening a simple and fun activity.
Clay soil can be a real pain to work with as it often sticks to the end of the shovel. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. The clay easily slides off the surface while keeping the end from getting rusty.
Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. These pests normally go after plants with thin little leaves and plants that have yet to fully mature. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Some perennial families that snails and slugs won’t eat include achillea, campanula, and helleborus.
Give your flower beds a boost by introducing annuals and biennials. These types of flowers grow at high speed, which gives you more flexibility in changing the look of your flower beds as the seasons change. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. Some flowers you can use are rudbekia, petunias, cosmos, marigolds, or sunflowers.
Try using climber plants to cover up your fences and walls. Climbing foliage is a great way to disguise unsightly features on your property, sometimes in the span of just one season. You can direct them over certain branches or boards, or you can send them through plants you already have. Some require ties attaching them to supports, but others will attach themselves to any surface nearby. There are many varieties you can choose from. Honeysuckle, climbing roses and jasmine are among the best.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. You can save the ones you spent the most money on or the ones that are resistant. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
Pick the proper soil in order to get the best outcome. The soil that is already in your garden might need amending, depending on the particular plants that you want to grow. It is also possible to make an artificial area using only one type of soil.
Use plants to get some autumn color. It’s not necessary to think this way, however. If you plan properly, you can make your fall garden the most colorful time of the year. Maple trees come in a variety of fall colors ranging from yellow to deep crimson, as do Beech trees and Dogwood. Shrubs such as barberry, cotoneaster and hydrangea all have gorgeous fall foliage.
You need to be smart when it comes to watering your garden. You can save time by using soaker hoses when watering plants. By doing this, you won’t need to water your plants individually. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. Allow it to water your plants for a couple of hours, so that you are free to do other things.
To keep your houseplants happy during the day, your thermostat should be set anywhere between 65 and 75 degrees. They need the temperature to be that warm so that they can grow. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.
Once you know more about organic horticulture, getting started should not be so intimidating. Incorporate the knowledge you have gained here and apply it to your own garden, and soon you will have a kitchen filled with delicious meals.