Lots of people grow organically due to their concerns about the harmful effects of all the different pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their health. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. Start by placing your plants outside for a few hours only. Then over the next week, gradually increase the time they are in their new habitat. After a few more days, your plants will be more resistant and ready to stay outside all the time.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. Mark the measurements with a permanent marker. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Your plants can be destroyed by slugs and snails overnight. They gravitate towards perennials with smooth thin leaves, particularly on younger plants. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
Plant a variety of flowers to keep your flower garden colorful and interesting. Annuals and biennials can add excitement and interest to your flower garden every season. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. A variety of flowers that will thrive in your region are available.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. Climbing plants can cover a wall after one growing season only. They may also grow through tress and shrubs that are already grown, or you can train them to cover your arbor. A number of climbers need to be attached to a support, but others just take care of their own attachments via tendrils and stems that twine. Reliable varieties include clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine and climbing roses.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. Have a soil analysis completed so you can know what you need to add to have soil which will fully support your garden. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. You can also look forward to a rise in the number of wild visitors you receive in your garden.