More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Additionally, a lot of organic gardening techniques do not cost a lot of money. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Make garden tools do double duty as handy makeshift rulers. You can use larger tools, like rakes, as measuring sticks. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. Now when you go garden the next time, you’ll have a giant ruler at your command.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. Others, though, are disliked by slugs and snails. Those with rough leaves or an unappetizing taste will be less desired by slugs and snails. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
A garden with a foundation of healthy soil is the best defense against pests. Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. Use a high-quality organic soil and as few chemicals as possible.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
When gardening in the fall, you need to be watching for stink bugs. These destructive pests enjoy many kinds of fruit, as well as beans, peppers and tomatoes. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.