A green thumb and a great deal of patience is needed to take on the hobby of organic gardening. This pastime should yield amazing and healthy foods, free of pesticides and other chemicals found in store bought produce. Easier said than done, right? Read the following article and you will gain great knowledge you can use while you garden organically.
Starting a garden with the best soil is a great defense mechanism against pests. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can’t withstand. For the most vigorous and healthy plants, start with high-quality soil, and stay away from chemicals. These can accumulate salts over time.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. Think about saving your resistant plants or the expensive ones. Dig carefully around the roots and transfer the plants to a pot.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. A Cooperative Extension office can provide you with this service, saving you learning on your own by trial and error.
Tempt your cat away from the plants he has been bothering by planting catnip or wheat grass near them. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. Boiling water is an excellent, organic substance for use against weeds. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. The weeds’ roots will be damaged by the boiling water; normally, this prevents them from continuing to grow.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. Instead of planting mint in the ground, confine it to a large pot. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.
To succeed at a nature based hobby like organic gardening, you need a little hard work and a whole lot of patience. This is a great hobby that uses your land to grow food. By using these tips and giving some effort, you can be a skilled organic gardener.