Organic gardening has become more popular with increased concern about the effects of fertilizers and chemicals on the environment, as well as overall health. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. With the tips here in this article you can quickly become an expert in organic gardening.
Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests are particularly fond of young perennials and those varieties with leaves that are tender, smooth, and thin. Perennials that are unappetizing in taste, or that have hardened and hairy leaves, are not a favorite of slugs or snails. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
To get the best results in your garden, you need to use a good quality soil. The kind of plants you want in your garden should let you know what kind of soil you need to get. You may also cultivate an artificial area comprised of just one type of soil.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Instead of a clay pot, show some fall spirit by using a hollow pumpkin to plant your lettuce or kale in. Scoop the insides out of the pumpkin, and don’t forget to spray the inside with Wilt-Pruf. This will prevent your pumpkin from rotting. Finished? Now you’re all set for planting!
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. What this does it essentially kill the weeds by damaging their roots. The result is that those weeds are unlikely to regrow.
Be sure to split the irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. If you notice a dead foliage, lift the bulb. If you split the bulbs that you pull up, and replant them, they will bloom the following year. Split rhizomes with a knife. Cut out new pieces from outside the bulb and throw away the old center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. You also need to make sure that you replant the new pieces as soon as possible.
Apply organic mulch generously around your vegetable plants. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. You will be able to save the time you would spend watering your plants and pulling out weeds.
Think about putting some berry-producing evergreens into your landscape. Your yard will then have bright spots of color all year round, which is especially cheerful in the winter when all of your other flora is bare or colorless. Some evergreens that will add life to your yard in the wintertime are the American Cranberrybush, Common Snowberry, Winterberry, and American holly.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. When you are organic gardening and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!