Organic gardening may be a major pain, or a joyous hobby. With these tips, you should become a very successful organic gardener.
Having healthy soil in your garden is your number one defense against pests! If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
Use climbers if you want to cover any fences or walls. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. They also work to cover up old, and possibly dead, vegetation. Some must be tied onto a support, but a number of climbers attach to surfaces with twining stems or tendrils. Climbing roses, honeysuckle, wisteria, clematis, and jasmine are some great plants to try out.
Grow wheat or cat grass around the plants your cat likes nibbling. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
Before you plant a garden you should plan it out. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. You can also avoid losing the smaller plants, or in larger gardens, the small plant groups.
Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. It will also dramatically decrease weed growth. This can save you a lot of time and effort in pulling out the weeds.
If you are just getting into gardening, make sure you heed all of the directions on fertilizer and chemical labels. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Following instructions for the use of harsh chemicals can keep you safe from serious injury.
Try pouring water leftover from steamed vegetables onto your potted plants. It contains rich nutrients that come from the vegetables. Tea and coffee grounds can be used to add acidity to your soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons. If you are having problems with fungus, you may find that sprinkling Chamomile tea on the plant is effective.
When gardening, don’t use any broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides can kill the useful insects that work as predators to pests. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. This may then lead to using even more pesticides to eliminate this new problem.
Organic gardening is a more involved form of gardening than is often realized. Your hard work will pay off once your garden grows and you can eat healthy vegetables. If you use the advice above, you can improve your skills at organic gardening.