To be successful in organic gardening, you need patience and persistence. A green thumb also helps considerably. It is a hobby with the goal of growing healthy, pesticide-free food to enjoy. It’s easier than you may think. Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you gardening like a pro.
A garden needs the right type of soil to grow properly. An inexpensive soil report can be used to adjust soil nutrients to optimum levels, which will ensure your garden thrives. A lot of Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and you can prevent ruining a few crops by identifying the specific steps to take.
It is very important to keep the weeds from taking over in your garden. Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. White vinegar can be a good solution. It can kill weeds. Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. An example of a common plant parasite is fungi. You can rid your garden of fungi with fungicidal sprays. However, it is best to treat your garden before there are problems.
You should be cognizant of the peak time for harvesting your vegetables. Each veggie has its own prime time for harvesting. For instance, for the best flavor, zucchini and baby peas should be picked when they are young. Let your tomatoes, however, linger on the vine until they are fully ripe. Remember that the vegetables will taste best if you harvest them at the proper time.
When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.
Efficiently water your garden. Put down the watering can or garden hose, and spread out a time-saving soaker hose instead. Keep the soaker’s water pressure at a low level, so that your tender plants will not be harmed. Letting the soaker hose do the work frees you up to turn your attention elsewhere.
You can spray scents such as after-shave and cologne around your garden to deter your dog. This will work to mask any scent that is attracting dogs, and will make the garden a much less interesting place to for dogs to be.
A mixture of aspirin and water can help your ailing plants. Dissolve one aspirin and a half for 2 gallons of water. Spray the plants with the aspirin solution to help your plants fight disease. Spray them once about every three weeks.
To succeed at a nature based hobby like organic gardening, you need a little hard work and a whole lot of patience. However, the tastiness of the produce you grow will be a reward in itself. You can be a successful, effective organic gardener by using this information and working hard.