While organic gardening is normally extremely enjoyable and relaxing, it can also cause you major problems if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. If you want to be a great organic gardener, follow these hints.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. The healthier the plants you grow, the more resistant they’ll be to illness, fungus, or bugs. Start your garden off with a high-quality soil that you can enrich over time.
Use climbers to cover walls and fences. Climbing plants are known to be very versatile, and can help hide any ugly wall or fence, and this often only takes one growing season. You don’t have to worry about removing trees between the climbing plants and the fence, because the trees don’t present obstacles to the climbers’ growth. Some people use climbers as a natural “ceiling” to arbors. There are those that have to be fixed to a support, but others will find a surface to cling to all on their own through twining stems or tendrils. Some of the most reliable varieties are wisteria, clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and climbing roses.
Do a soil analysis prior to planting. For a tiny fee, a soil analysis may be done, and based on the results, the soil can support a growing garden by you enriching it as necessary. There are numerous places to find this service, such as your local Cooperative Extension office. The cost is well worth it to avoid a potentially ruined crop.
When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. Stink bugs enjoy gardens, and are especially fond of fruit, tomatoes, beans and peppers. 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.
If the soil in your garden has a high concentration of alkaline, try mixing some coffee grounds into your garden’s soil. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. The greens and vegetables need the proper balance and will grow bigger and stronger with the right mix.
As you’ve read, there is more to doing organic gardening than many think. It takes effort and a willingness to learn. It is rewarding for those with patience, supplying healthy food and an attractive addition to the home. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to increasing your organic gardening skills.