When it comes to gardening the green way, every organic garden needs extra TLC. A little extra gardening know-how doesn’t hurt either. With these smart tips, your garden produce will grow to be healthier and more delicious. Follow this advice and your organic garden will soon be flourishing above the rest!
Plant seeds in pots that have a rich soil to give them a strong start. Once the plant is hardy enough, plant it in your garden. This method also gives you the freedom of tightening time periods between each planting. Once the fully matured plants are removed, the seedlings can be planted.
Grow some plants that cats like to eat – try catnip or wheat grass. You may also place something offensively smelly atop the soil, like citrus peel or mothballs.
When you decide to add vegetables into your garden space, be aware that they must be placed where they will receive direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours daily. Most vegetables require this amount of sun in order to grow properly and at a quicker pace. Some flowers need the same thing.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? You can control the growth of the mint leaves by growing them in a large container rather than in your garden. Then, you can plant the container into the ground. However, the container walls will keep the roots held, and prevent the plant from consuming too much of your garden space.
You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. You can also acidify soil for rhododendrons, gardenias and more by using coffee or tea grounds. If you are having problems with fungus, you may find that sprinkling Chamomile tea on the plant is effective.
Keep your garden free from broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
Make sure to water your garden properly. Instead of watering each individual plant with a can or hose, utilize a soaker hose, which can water all the plants at once. Keep water pressure on your hose low so you don’t harm fragile plants. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.
Organic gardening is a great way to improve your diet naturally. It is a good source of fresh vegetables and fruits and can improve your health markedly. Organic gardening takes patience and manual labor, but it’s worth it when you start reaping the benefits of your labor.