Follow These Excellent Tips For A Beautiful Garden

Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Also, organic horticulture is quite cheap on the whole. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.

Plant perennials that are resistant to slug and snail infestations. If slugs or snails find their favorite perennials in your garden, they’ll snack all night. When you wake up in the morning, there will be very little left of your plants. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Some perennials aren’t that tasty to snails and slugs since they have tough and hairy leaves, and an unappetizing flavor. Examples of these slug-proof plant varieties include achillea, euphorbia, and helleborus, to name a few.

Your first and best line of defense against pests is having healthy soil. If you are producing healthy plants, they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.

Cover fences and walls with climbing plants. Plants that grow as climbers are quite versatile, helping you hide ugly walls or fences, many times within only one season of growth. 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. Some require a support, while other climbers attach to surfaces using twining stems or tendrils. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.

When mowing the lawn, don’t mow the grass all the way down to the root. If you leave a bit more height, the grass roots will get deeper, making your lawn stronger. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.

If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!

Keep your fragile shrubs protected from the winter weather. If you have some tender shrubs that are in planters, you need to protect them from cold weather. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.

Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. When you are organic horticulture and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!