Organic gardening doesn’t have to be grueling work. Indeed, it can be quite enjoyable. Starting to garden can be intimidating at first. How can the beginning organic gardener get a handle on how to start out? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix some baking soda and a very small amount of liquid soap into water. Once a week, spray this on plants to eliminate the mildew. Baking soda will bring no damage to your plants, and will treat the mildew in a gentle and efficient manner.
For flowers throughout the spring and the summer, be sure to plant some bulbs. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Include a variety of plantings to get a full season of flowers, from early bloomers to late-season varieties.
If your garden includes vegetables, make sure you plant them in a location whether they are exposed to sunlight for a minimum of six hours each day. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. This is true of some flowers.
Keep your plants dry and aerated daily. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. Fungus is a common problem when plants are allowed to remain damp. Fungicidal spray treatments can contain fungi, but spraying prior to problems even developing in the first place is the best way to go about it.
In order to start the best garden possible, remember that you should always start with the seeds and not pre-purchased plants. The environmentally conscious way to start a new garden is to start with seeds. Many of the plastics used for gardening simply end up going in the trash and clogging land fills. An environmentally-friendly garden is started with seeds or plants grown in organic pots.
It is possible to use natural materials as well as other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
Your garden can really benefit from evergreens featuring berries. They will provide a splash of color in the drab and dreary winter months when a lot of other plants have lost their colors. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. These pesticides will also kill any beneficial insects that consume the pests you are trying to get rid of. The bugs you need are often more fragile than the ones you don’t: a pesticide could actually kill the beneficial insects while leaving the pests unaffected. Your problem will only get worse and you will find yourself using more pesticides.
Choose one plant and make it the focal point of your garden. When you design your garden, think of a great focal point that will grab attention and add interest. The focal point should be a plant totally different from the others around it.
Reading this article has hopefully given you some great ideas to begin your experiences in organic horticulture. Taking care of a garden is a fun and relaxing experience. By applying the advice and insights of this article, you can garden as good as the professionals.