Many people are only just beginning to realize the joys of organic gardening. By using the right tips for the job, anyone can go from knowing little about organic gardening to developing a reliable green thumb. Keep reading to learn some tricks of the trade that will help you get a great garden.
Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.
Utilize your garden tool handles as convenient makeshift rulers. You can use shovels or rakes as measuring sticks. Lay the handles of said tools on the ground where it is flat and there is no interference, such as gravel, and stretch a measuring tape along one side. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. You will never find yourself looking for a ruler thanks to this simple tip.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. In addition, you could put an item on the soil’s top around the plants which has a smell that cats hate, such as citrus peel or mothballs.
Mix the grounds of coffee in soil that has a lot of alkaline. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. You will discover that your vegetables are more flavorful than ever before.
You can use natural materials or other plants in your garden to keep away pests. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. Natural materials and plants can be just as effective as chemical pesticides at keeping unwanted visitors out of your garden!
It is important to follow the instructions on your chemicals and tools closely, especially if you are new to gardening. If you fail to do this, you could cause yourself all sorts of injuries, the most common of which is irritated skin. For your own safety, take the time to read and follow the instructions.
Think about planting evergreen plants that will produce berries in the backyard. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color. Other plants that boast of winter berries include: Holly, Snowberry and Winterberry.
You just have to be patient if you want to get your organic garden into tip top shape. The next time your are working in your garden, see if there may be an opportunity to test a few of these tips. Despite what you grow, use the above tips to succeed with them.