Organic gardening is as old as human cultivation but many people are just discovering the benefits. Use the simple advice offered here and you will learn just how to grow a successful garden you can be proud of. Use what you read and get down to work!
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
If you start to notice some powdery mildew growing on your plants, there is no need to waste money on expensive chemicals. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. This mixture will not hurt your plants and it will eliminate the mildew slowly but efficiently.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Pour hot water right on the weeds, but do not get any on your plants. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Start a new garden from seeds. The environmentally conscious way to start a new garden is to start with seeds. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
Another way to help them grow is by watering them with the liquid that is left from cooking vegetables. Add coffee grounds or tea leaves to the soil of acid-loving plants like rhododendron and gardenia. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.
To make the most of your time in the garden, you should store all of your tools and implements in a close, accessible location. You could do this by using a big bucket, or just wear old pants that have some deep pockets. Have gloves, shears, a trowel and anything else you need handy for quick use.
As was mentioned earlier, perfecting your organic garden just takes some patience, and investment of time. Use what you’ve read here to create your own backyard oasis! The above hints will help no matter what you’re going to grow.