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 is also cheap and requires very little equipment. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Try planting seeds in pots, and then transferring the seedlings to your garden. This will help the plants make it to full growth. It also allows you to tighten up the time periods between plantings. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
Cover fences and walls with lots of climbers. These versatile plants can grow over fences to enhance the fence’s appearance. Often, climbers grow quickly, so you’ll get the effect you want by the time the season changes. You may also be interested in training them over an arbor or trellis. You can also grow them among existing landscape trees and plants. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. Without pads, you may have pain in your knees from spending too much time kneeling on the hard ground. Having a good pair of knee pads will cushion your knees in comfort.
If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. While chemicals can help with pest control, you should avoid using overly harsh ones, as veggies you grow in your garden are meant for eating. Remain alert in order to control garden pests. If you catch pests early, you can remove them by hand effectively.
When you boil vegetables, use the leftover water on your potted plants. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. In addition, you will notice more wildlife that congregates around your garden. You can be one with nature! Start planning your garden today.