In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
Transform the handles of your tools into convenient measuring devices. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. On the floor, simply lay out the handles, then take a tape measure and run it next to them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Plant perennials that slugs and snails won’t be interested in eating. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. These garden pests prefer perennials with thin, flat, delicate leaves, particularly if the plant is not yet mature. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
Brighten your garden with biennials and annuals. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. You can also use these flowers to fill gaps between shrubs or perennials. Notable biennials and annuals include marigold, sunflowers, hollyhock, petunia, and cosmos.
You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. The best solution is mixing baking soda, a drop of liquid dish detergent and water together in a spray bottle. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. The baking soda is harmless to your plants and a very effective remedy.
Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Climbers have many different uses and spread quickly. No need to worry if a bush or tree is in the way, as climbers can grow through them. Also, they can match the shape of an arbor. Some varieties will climb and attach using their tendrils or branches, but some will need to be trained or supported with ties. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.
If you are going to be doing some gardening, watch out for stink bugs, especially in the fall! These destructive pests enjoy many kinds of fruit, as well as beans, peppers and tomatoes. If they go unnoticed, they can cause large amounts of harm to your garden, so remember to take protective measures to reduce the population of stink bugs there.
Now you know a little more on how you can be a successful organic gardener. There is a ton of information you should know, and you also should know how to use it. Take what you have learned and use it make your garden as successful as you can.