If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Another benefit of organic gardening is that it is relatively inexpensive. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. 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. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. To boost your garden’s prospects of giving you the healthiest possible plants, make sure you begin with premium soil devoid of salt-accumulating chemicals.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Climbing plants are extremely versatile, helping to hide an ugly fence or wall, often within one growing season. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some climbers will attach themselves to a support using twining stems or tendrils, while other varieties need to be held up by tying them in place. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Plants will respond with maximum growth if they have the amount of CO2 they require. Most plants will grow better with more CO2. Greenhouses provide the best levels of CO2 for plants. To maximize your plants’ growth, make sure to monitor these levels to ensure they’re adequate.
Surround your vegetable plants with organic mulch, a few inches worth. Mulch helps the soil surrounding the plants remain moister for a longer time. It also helps prevent weeds from growing. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Pest control is tough when you have a veggie garden. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals. Frequently check your garden for pests. When you catch a potential infestation early, the solution may be as simple as picking the pests off of your plants with your fingers.
Use care when you are watering the garden. Use a soaker hose to save time so that you do not have to water each plant individually with a hose nozzle, or a watering can that needs to be refilled repeatedly. Be sure to keep the pressure of the water on low so that the hose does not damage the tender plants. Let your soaker hose run for a few hours while you do other things.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.