Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Organic gardening is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Although railroad ties may look very nice in your garden, the chemicals in them, are thought to be hazardous and toxic to the health of the garden, so consider alternatives. Natural wood is easy to find and will add a beautiful touch to your garden.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. Try planting your fall veggies, especially leafy greens, inside of a pumpkin! Once you’ve cut its top and scooped the insides out, spray the edges and inside with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rotting. Once you have completed this, start planting!
Make sure that you prune your trees regularly. Dead wood on trees can attract pests that can infect your trees. Also, when you trim back small branches on a tree, it will increase the airflow between the branches and allow the larger branches to develop more. This will result in a stronger and healthier tree overall.
To get rid of the snails plaguing your garden, set an open container of beer on its side where you usually find them. The snails will be drawn to the scent of the beer and trap themselves. If you’d like to make this trap even more effective, try adding a little bit of brewer’s yeast to the can.
Recycle your coffee grounds and use them to acidify the soil for all of your acid loving plants. Plants that like an acidic soil include roses, tomatoes, cyclamen, violets, gardenias, begonias and hibiscus. Apply the grounds approximately one quarter inch thick for the best results. If you don’t care for coffee, leftover tea will produce the same results.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. You can divide those overgrown clumps and increase the amount of irises you have. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. You should split up rhizomes by utilizing a blade. Cut rhizomes from around the outside then throw away the remaining center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Replant your pieces right away.
Tie strips of mylar balloons to the branches of your fruit trees just before harvest time. These flapping, shiny straps will frighten away birds and small mammals, protecting your fruit. Just be sure to remove them after the harvest, because if they blow loose, animals may eat them and become ill.
Utilizing the advice provided in this article in your organic gardening efforts will produce great results. You will quickly see your garden becoming more productive and healthy, while being free of toxins. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.