Organic Gardening And You: Helpful Tips And Advice

You wish to make a fresh and healthy organic garden. There is no better time to start than the present! This article contains helpful adivce to get you started in your organic gardening endeavors.

Slug-proof your garden with smart perennial choices. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.

Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. The healthier the plants you grow, the more resistant they’ll be to illness, fungus, or bugs. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.

If you want the best results, you need to choose the right soil. Fertilizer can enrich the soil to make it more viable. You may also be able to design an artificial area that contains one type of dirt.

Make sure to pre-soak seeds, preferably in a dark location. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. When you do this, you hydrate your seeds and they can start growing. The seeds will have a better chance of surviving and maturing.

Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.

If your plants do not grown very tall, try buying some knee pads used for gardening. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Your knees can get supported with a decent pair of gardening knee pads.

You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Insects can be deterred if you use wood ash instead of mulch around trees and shrub seedlings. Natural remedies, like the ones listed, will help reduce the need and usage of harsh chemical pesticides.

Start peas inside in a container, rather than planting the seeds outdoors. The seeds will have a better germination rate if you start them indoors. They will also be stronger, and better equipped to resist disease and insects. Transplant them outside when they are fully established and able to thrive.

If you want your garden to be off-limits to your dog, spray a scented perimeter around it using things like old perfumes or aftershave. This will help mask the scents that attract your dog, and will make your garden a less interesting place for your pet to be.

The warmth of the day can make vegetables soft, making them more prone to damage as you pick them. Cut them with a tool rather than pulling or twisting, otherwise you could damage the plant itself.

Heather can be planted to attract useful insects. Heather is very attractive to bees, and when bees first emerge in the spring, it is an early source of nectar. Spiders, ground beetles and other insects helpful to your garden tend to live in a heather bed, because heather beds are generally undisturbed. Bearing this in mind, it is always a good idea to wear gardening gloves when pruning your heather!

With all of these ideas, you should be ready to excel at organic gardening. Even if you already felt pretty prepared, the advice you’ve read should make you feel like an expert. The advice you have received should get you well on your way to growing a lovely and productive organic garden.

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