People who start doing organic gardening do so because they don’t like toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers. Organic gardening is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. Use these beautiful flowers to line your driveway, surround trees and shrubs, and for decorative hanging baskets. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it out. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.
Protect your delicate shrubs from harsh, wintry elements. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. A boiling pot of water is one the best and safest herbicides you can find. All you need to do is apply boiling water right to the weeds you want to get rid of. Be careful not to get any on the plants you want to keep. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
Know when is the best time to harvest your vegetables. Individual vegetables have distinct windows of time to pick for getting the greatest flavors. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. By contrast, it’s best to wait until tomatoes are fully ripe before picking them. Simply educate yourself on what the best time is to harvest each of your garden vegetables.
When gardening, try not to use broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also. Since these pesticides often affect the good bugs more than the bad, using them can actually increase your pest problem. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.