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. Also, organic gardening can save you a lot of money. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. Not only will the clay slide off the surface, but it will keep the end from rusting.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. Consider planting these varieties of perennials to discourage slugs and snails from eating your flowers. Euphorbia and achillea are examples of slug-proof perennials.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. If you have healthy looking plants, they are stronger and more resistant to diseases and bugs. So give your garden a kick start by beginning with a healthy batch of natural and organic soil.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. You can hide an unsightly wall or fence, in as little as one growing season, with the right selection of climbing plant. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some climbers you plant will have to be tied off and supported, but others have no problem attaching themselves to any surface using their tendrils or twining stems Plants such as clematis, wisteria, climbing roses, or honeysuckle are always great choices.
If many of the plants in your garden grow close to the ground, some gardening knee pads will prevent pain and knee injuries. The time that you will have to spend on your knees in your garden can cause you unnecessary knee pain. Having a good pair of knee pads will cushion your knees in comfort.
Be consistent with garden fertilization. Manure can be effective, though you should use products which minimize pathogens. It is important that you use some sort of fertilizer, although it doesn’t really matter which variety you choose.
Try planting berry-bearing evergreens in your yard. They will provide a splash of color in the drab and dreary winter months when a lot of other plants have lost their colors. These plants come in several different varieties, including the Winterberry, American Holly, Cranberrybush, and Common Snowberry.
Once you start to actually apply what you learned from this article you can start growing a prosperous and healthy organic garden in your own back yard for the future. You can also look forward to a boost in the volume of wildlife inhabiting your nature-loving garden.