An organic garden provides you with a much healthier diet. It does, however, require a great deal of effort to grow. Oftentimes, new gardeners can be intimidated because they’re not quite sure where to start.
Plant perennials that are slug-proof. Slugs and snails are voracious eaters that can destroy a plant literally overnight. Young plants with susceptible leaves are favorite meals for slugs, including those with smoother or thinner leaves. Perennials that have tough or hairy leaves are often times unappetizing to snails and slugs. Good choices in this category are plants such as achillea, campanula, and euphorbia. Heuchera and helleborus also work well.
When gardening in the fall, you need to be watching for stink bugs. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties. If left unattended, your garden could be ravaged by these bugs, so you need to proactively keep their population under control.
Be sure to split the irises. You can create additional irises by splitting up irises that are growing into each other’s space. You can do this by simply picking up bulbous irises once the foliage has withered. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Cut new outside pieces and dispose of the center. Each piece must have a minimum of one strong offshoot. Replant immediately.
When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. Many times good bugs will be more sensitive to harmful pesticides than the ones you are trying to get rid of. If your good bug population goes down, your problem will only get worse. If this happens, you just fuel an expanding cycle of needing even more pesticides.
The ideal temperature to set your thermostat for indoor plants is between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the daylight hours. Your plants will not grow well if it is too cold. If you want to save money on gas bills in the winter, you can provide local heating for the plants with a heat lamp instead.
For the best results, properly prepare your garden for planting. Water the soil first. Then you want to spread your seeds evenly while making sure that they have enough room to grow. You should bury your seeds deep enough, usually three times their size. Some seeds should not be buried at all as they need light to grow.
Using coffee grounds as part of your soil mixture in your garden is often advised for healthy plants. Coffee grounds contain many of the essential nitrogenous nutrients that plants are able to use. Nitrogen is generally a way to make your plants grow bigger, better and faster.
Organic gardening is not rocket science, but it does some require some forethought and planning. Research and information will help you get started. You will get great results if you are consistent and patient. If you apply the tips you have just read, you should be able to grow healthy plants.