The main reason people decide to go organic when gardening is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. A lot of organic gardening strategies are cheap. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
Choose perennials that are not vulnerable to attack by slugs. Slugs and snails will quickly destroy your garden if you let them. They often enjoy feeding on perennials with very smooth and tender leaves. Young plants are a special favorite of theirs. Perennials with hairy leaves or bitter taste are unattractive to snails and slugs, keeping them safe from harm. Selecting an unappetizing perennial, such as campanula or heuchera, will help stop them from being eaten.
If you see mildew that is powdery, stay away from expensive chemicals to treat it. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. Baking soda treats the mildew effectively and gently and it won’t damage your plants.
Analyze the soil before you even get started with working in a garden. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. The cost of the analysis will be easily offset by the benefits of a healthy and vibrant crop.
A certain amount of CO2 is necessary for plants to maximize their growth potential. Most plants grow better in higher levels of CO2. The best way to get a lot of it is through a greenhouse. For the best growing conditions you should keep the CO2 levels high.
The approach of fall means you need to start planting autumn goodies. This year, instead of using your regular clay pots to plant your kale and lettuce, use a pumpkin as the container instead! Once you’ve cut its top and scooped the insides out, spray the edges and inside with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. Higher grass has deeper roots, meaning a healthier lawn that will be less likely to dry out. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
Your garden can really benefit from evergreens featuring berries. The evergreens will add some color to your garden or yard, especially during the winter, when other plants have died or lost color. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
If you use this advice concerning organic gardening, you will have a healthier yard in no time. When you are organic gardening and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!