There are many different reasons for adopting organic gardening methods. For example, some people prefer to use organic gardening to cultivate edibles for the dinner table. Much patience and effort are required though, in order to produce a successful and flourishing organic garden. Knowing this might make you ponder where you should start and what aspects of organic gardening are most important.
Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. Traditional strains are often out-performed by hybrids that have been bred for cold tolerance or disease resistance.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil equals healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease. Start your garden off with a high-quality soil that you can enrich over time.
Both cat grass and wheat grass are good for giving your errant feline pause. Another option is to place something smelly, like citrus peels or mothballs, on the soil surrounding the plants that have previously been eaten.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots. Fasten the tops of the canes together, and cover this wigwam loosely with a cloth. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Fresh mint is a wonderful addition to a herb garden, but it can quickly take over your entire yard. Rein their growth; you can do this simply by planting mint inside a larger garden container or pot. If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
The best gardens start with seeds, as opposed to plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. If you ignore them, you can irritate your skin in most painful ways. Be careful when it comes to your body, and always follow directions.
As you were reading through this article, were you inspired to put forth the research, time and effort into adopting organic gardening techniques? In addition, it’s true that you must be consistent if you want to see results. If you use the advice in this article, you will soon see great results from your organic garden.