All it takes to grow an organic garden is a few natural growing methods. Once you learn about them, they are surprisingly easy to put into place.
Do not spend your money on chemicals to fight mildew. Mix a little liquid soap and baking soda in water. Spray this on the plants once per week until that mildew goes away. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Use a small container filled with water to nearly the top and place several seeds in it. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. This way, the seeds you have planted will have some chance of growing.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. Tender, potted shrubs must be protected when the weather is cold. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
There are many natural substances that are effective for warding off unwanted visitors. For example, if you plant onions or marigolds along the edges of your vegetable garden, you can ward off slugs. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. Using these natural methods will reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.
If you are just getting into gardening, make sure you heed all of the directions on fertilizer and chemical labels. Irritation of the skin or even more serious injuries are possible if you ignore manufacturer’s directions. Keep yourself safe by carefully following all instructions.
You should think about planting evergreens that yield berries in your garden. They add color to your yard, throughout the year. Some evergreens that will provide winter color are the American Holly, Common Snowberry, American Cranberrybush, and the Winterberry.
There is always a best time to pick your garden’s vegetables, and you should know them. Each type of vegetables has its own ideal time for picking for the best flavor. For instance, peas and zucchinis are tastiest when picked young. On the other hand, tomatoes taste best when they are as ripe as possible from the vine. Remember that the vegetables will taste best if you harvest them at the proper time.
Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. By masking the smells he may be attracted to, he should take less interest in the garden plants.
Add some heather plants to your garden, to attract good insects. Bees are very attracted to heather. When heather is first formed during the spring, it’s an early nectar source. Because it is usually left alone, heather beds can become a home for spiders, beetles and other insects. With this knowledge at hand, it is in your best interest to wear gloves when tending the heather.
Anybody can grow a garden, but those who bother to understand what they’re doing will be the only ones to reap rich rewards from their crop. It is important to put these organic tips to good use.