Starting an organic garden can be a fruitful hobby, as long as you avoid major pitfalls. The following advice will show you how to grow an organic garden successfully.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Use a spray bottle to apply to your plants weekly until the issue clears up. Baking soda won’t harm your plants, and takes care of the mildew efficiently and gently.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. These are hearty choices, choices that will reward you for years despite the little effort that is involved in their care. Plant bulbs that will bloom at various intervals to ensure beautiful flowers are growing in your garden all year long.
When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. If you allow your grass to grow a little longer, the roots will go down deeper into the dirt, helping the grass grow better and remain hydrated. Short grass is more prone to getting dried out and turning brown.
As the weather turns colder, it is important to prepare your sensitive shrubs for the change. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.
One very good way to deal with weeds is to boil them away. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. If you pour the water near your plants, it will kill the roots.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. Stunt their growth a little by planting your mint into a garden container or large pot instead. Bury the container so that your plant does not stand out. The container will keep the roots from spreading too far.
Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.
Get your kids to help you grow your organic garden. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
As you’ve read, there is more to doing organic gardening than many think. While it takes quite a bit of effort and lots of patience, your pay off in the end will be a fantastic organic garden. By using the tips and techniques found here, you can have a healthy, productive garden in no time.