Organic gardening is very relaxing and will help you connect with nature. The aim is to grow food for the family that is both healthy and free of chemicals and pesticides. It is challenging, but not as hard as you may think. Read the tips below to see what you need to begin growing like a pro.
In order not to shock your plants, you have to gradually accustom them to the change of temperature and conditions. Put them out in the sun for approximately one to two hours on the very first day. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. At week’s end, the plants should be welcoming of their new home.
Shoveling soil that is mostly clay can be difficult because of the hardness of the soil, and because it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Slugs and snails will leave some perennials alone, particularly those with a bad taste or tough, hairy leaves. Achillea, euphorbia, helleborus, heuchera and campanula are good choices that slugs don’t like.
There are grass varieties, such as wheat grass or catnip, that will give your feline something to nibble on besides your garden. It may also work to add citrus peelings or mothballs to the soil of the plants, because the odor is unpleasant to cats.
You don’t have to plant just for spring and summer. Consider what are often beautiful colors in the fall. That doesn’t have to be, however. In the fall, the foliage displays every color of the rainbow. Maple trees come in a variety of fall colors ranging from yellow to deep crimson, as do Beech trees and Dogwood. Barberry, conaneaster and hydrangea are all wonderful choices in shrubs.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. Doing so shields the scents that your dog might pick up on and be drawn to, causing their potential interest in your garden to drop dramatically.
Organic gardening allows you to work hard and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This hobby enables you to grow delicious food in your own backyard. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.