Gardening is a complex hobby, but it doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult. If you plan on gardening the natural way, you might have to understand certain complexities like the soil’s PH balance and bug fighting concoctions. Organic horticulture is way harder than traditional horticulture for beginners. If you want your organic garden to be a success, read the tips presented here.
Your tool handles can double as measuring sticks. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
Use perennials resistant to slugs and snails. Snails and slugs are garden nightmares, and only need a single evening to obliterate a plant. These pests prefer plants with thin smooth leaves. Plant some helleborus or euphorbias along with your other perennials. Some varieties of perennials are not preferred by snails and slugs, particularly perennials that have hairy, tough leaves or a taste that isn’t appetizing. Some of these plants include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, hellaborus, and heuchera.
When winter arrives, you could save some plants by placing them inside your house. Maybe you could pick out the most expensive plants or the most hardy ones. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
If you want to effectively weed out young plants, you can try “boiling” away the weeds. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
Do you ever wish that your fresh mint leaves would not grow as quickly and overcome your garden? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. If you would like the mint leaves to still be in the ground, simply plant the container, and the leaves will stay within the boundaries of the pot.
You should be cognizant of the peak time for harvesting your vegetables. Each type of produce has unique time frames for harvesting at the peak of flavor. Some vegetables, such as zucchini and baby peas, should be harvested when they are relatively young. The opposite is true of tomatoes. They taste their best if you allow them to ripen on the vine as long as possible. You should know the proper time to pick vegetables.
Pest control can be very difficult when dealing with a vegetable garden. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat. So to help you control the pests that may invade your garden, you will want to stay vigilant. If you catch the pests early, the best removal technique is just to take them off your plants by hand.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.