Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for many people around the world, but doing it organically is even more rewarding. Gardening can be overwhelming for a beginner. How should a novice learn how to properly garden? Well, reading through the tips in this article is a start.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. A few great choices are achillea, campanula, and heuchera. Other options from which you can choose are hellebourus and euphorbia.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Try mixing a little liquid soap with some baking soda in water. Spray this on your plants once a week until the mildew disappears. Baking soda is a good way to get rid of mildew on your plants gently.
Cover the fences and walls with climbers. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. 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. You can be sure that varieties such as climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, clematis and honeysuckle will grow very well.
When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too far down. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. A commonplace plant parasite is fungi. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.
Do you hate how fresh mint leaves grow and take over your lovely garden but still like them? You can stunt the growth of mint by planting it inside a container or super-sized bowl. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
By now you probably are beginning to understand why so many people enjoy working in their gardens. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. Using these tips, you can become an excellent organic gardener.