One of the smartest things you can do for you and your diet is to start an organic garden. It requires effort to grow. Are you wondering where to start?
When choosing plants, pick those that produce a high yield. Many times, hybrid plants tend to resist disease, and tolerate the cold weather better than their traditional counterparts, resulting in higher yields.
Grow some wheat grass or catnip for your cat to eat instead. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
If growing vegetables, make sure they are in a location in your garden where they will be exposed daily to at least six hours of the sun. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. This holds true for some types of flowers.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is an invitation to pests and illness. A fungus is one of the most important and debilitating parasites for plants. It is possible to control fungi by using fungicide sprays. However, these sprays should be used before issues become apparent.
Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. Planting seeds is the most eco-friendly way to start a new garden. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Insects also avoid shrubs and trees that are mulched with wood ash. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
Have one plant be the most interesting eye-grabber in your garden. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. You want to choose a plant that will stand out, as opposed to blending in with the other plants adjacent to it.
Organic Gardening Techniques
As you were reading through this article, were you inspired to put forth the research, time and effort into adopting organic gardening techniques? If you want to see success at your efforts, you have to continue working at it. The next time you are in your garden, think of the tips from this article. If you can use that knowledge, you will be more capable of using organic gardening techniques to your advantage.