A green thumb and a great deal of patience is needed to take on the hobby of organic gardening. The idea here is to grow healthy, great-tasting food bereft of pesticides, herbicides and other unnatural chemical enhancers. This all sounds easy, but the process can sometimes feel complicated. Read on for suggestions on what you will need to start gardening like a pro.
It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. The first day you transfer your plants, you should only allow them to sit in direct sunlight for a few hours. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Young plants with smooth and tender leaves are their favorite. Some perennials, however, leave a bad taste in slugs’ mouths or are difficult to chew through because their leaves aren’t tender. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
When gardening, be sure to look closely for stink bug infestation, especially during Autumn. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. If you don’t take care of them, they can decimate your garden, so it’s best to do all you can to get rid of them.
If you’re growing veggies in the garden, they need to be in a spot that lets them get about six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need at least that much sun exposure to grow properly. This is true for flowers as well.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. In contrast to wrapping the plant with plastic, this method promotes air circulation, which stops the plant from rotting.
Fertilize your garden regularly. Manure is probably the best fertilizer. Choose a commercial product to reduce the risks of pathogen exposure. Of all the fertilizing options available, it doesn’t really matter which one you choose as long as you use something.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. Wood ash can be used as mulch, and if put on the base of shrub and tree seedlings, will keep insects away. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
The hobby of organic gardening will take dedication, patience and a little bit of help from Mother Nature. It’s an activity that lets you get in touch with nature while growing something very tasty. Through the careful application of this advice and with time and effort, you will be able to call yourself a successful organic gardener.