Are you scared of what chemicals lurk in commercial fertilizer or pesticides? No longer worrying about these toxic chemicals is just one of the many benefits of gardening organically. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. This article will provide some great tips for organic gardening.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Snails and slugs can destroy plants in just one night. These pests are especially attracted to tender sprouts and to delicate, soft leaves. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
When gardening, beware of stink bugs and other insects, particularly in the autumn. Stink bugs like to reside in tomatoes, beans, and pepper plants, as well as many fruits. If left uncontrolled, they can cause substantial damage in your garden, so make plans for how to protect your plants from these pests.
Take all of the weeds out of your landscaping! Weeds and gardens do not mix; they will destroy your garden. White vinegar has been known to kill weeds quickly. White vinegar kills weeds. Load up your spray bottle with some white vinegar, and spray the weeds away instead of breaking your back removing them by hand.
If you would like to have flowers in your garden that last through the spring and summer seasons, plant bulbs. Since bulbs are easy to grow and resistant to poor weather conditions, they will grow without fail year after year. Include a variety of plantings to get a full season of flowers, from early bloomers to late-season varieties.
When the fall season approaches, you must prepare to plant your favorite fall veggies and other edibles. Rather than using clay pots or planters for your lettuce and kale, plant them in a pumpkin! First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. After that, your pumpkin planter is ready to use!
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
For an unusual, but effective, organic solution to weeding young plants, try “boiling” the weeds away. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Although this method is organic, it does pose a danger to your plants. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. A common parasite to plants is fungi. Proactively treat fungi through the use of fungicidal sprays and treatments.
You should divide irises. Take clumps that have become overgrown and divvy them up into separate plants. After foliage is no longer alive, remove the flowers with bulbs. These bulbs will divide into several parts naturally when you pick them up. You can then replant them, and watch them flower the following year. Use a knife to carefully divide rhizomes. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Each piece should retain a minimum of one sturdy offshoot capable of spurting new growth. Replant your pieces right away.
If you can’t wait for a cut to heal before digging in the dirt, then at least protect your cuts from exposure. If dirt and grime get into a cut while gardening, it may become infected. You can completely seal the area using some of the great bandages that are now available.
When creating a compost pile, use dried plant materials and green plants in equal parts. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. Sawdust, straw, cardboard, paper and wood pulp are all examples of dried plant material. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.