Organic gardening can either be a wonderful hobby, or a nuisance nightmare. The following advice will show you how to grow an organic garden successfully.
Use biennials and annuals to add color to your flower beds. Annuals and biennials that grow quickly can really wake up your flower beds, and they allow you to have a new garden look every season or every year, if you choose to. In an area that is sunny, they make good plants to place in the gaps found between shrubs and perennials. Notable varieties include cosmos, rudbeckia, petunia, hollyhock, marigold and sunflower.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Combine baking soda with a small dollop of liquid soap and add it to water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Place some seeds in your smaller pots and add water almost to the brim. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. The seeds will then have a greater chance at lasting and blossoming.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
If you are looking for an all-natural, organic way to weed your garden, consider “boiling off” the weeds. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. Just douse the weeds directly with boiling water, taking care to avoid damaging nearby plants. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Give peas a head start by sprouting them indoors. If you plant them inside, they might germinate more effectively. The seedlings tend to be healthier, which would help them resist diseases and pests more easily. After the seedlings have grown strong indoors, it will be time for you to transplant them to outdoor beds.
As illustrated above, there is more to becoming a successful organic gardener than most people first imagine. Doing it successfully entails a good amount of patience and dedication, but achieving a productive organic garden is a worthwhile endeavor indeed. When you apply the tips in this article, you will be ready to start improving your skills in organic gardening.