Some homeowners put a great deal of care and detail into their yards. From ponds and stone walkways to rose beds and gazebos, people take landscaping seriously. Something that may look good in your yard this year is an organic garden. If you’re not sure about how to garden organically, here are some tips.
When planting next season’s vegetable garden, it is important to rotate some of the crops. For example, potatoes and tomatoes should be planted in a different spot because they are both prone to the same diseases. Keep your vegetable garden healthy and thriving by learning which crops need rotating and why.
Choose perennials that won’t be taken out by slugs. Snails and slugs can quickly wreak havoc on a garden. Snails and slugs like to eat perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if they are young plants. You can discourage snails and slugs from eating your perennials by choosing plants with tougher or distasteful foliage. Some varieties of these plants are campanula, helleborus, heuchera, or euphorbia.
Finished compost can be soaked in water to create a potent brew for various gardening needs
Collecting and preserving autumn leaves is a fun gardening project, especially for the kids. Generations of kids have used the ‘wax paper method’ to preserve fall leaves at peak color – with a little help from Mom. Just select colorful thin leaves that don’t have a high water content and place them between two sheets of wax paper. Place a cloth – like an old tea towel – on top of the waxed paper ‘sandwich’ and have Mom slowly run a hot iron (no steam) across the cloth. Peek underneath to see if the wax paper is melting and bear down hard to get a good seal. The wax paper may seem cloudy while it is warm, but it should dry clear as it cools. Enjoy your pretty display of colorful leaves
Fertilize the soil you are going to plant in three weeks before planting. By doing this, you are helping the soil improve its ability to retain nutrients and water, which are especially important for new plants. There are many fertilizers from which to choose at your local gardening store.
When and why should shrubs be pruned? Most shrubs need pruning to increase flowering. Deciduous spring and early flowering shrubs should be pruned immediately after flowering. Cut back old wood to encourage new growth. The buds for next year’s flowers will appear on this new wood. Late summer flowering shrubs should be pruned in spring. They will produce flowers on the shoots that grow immediately after pruning. Winter flowering shrubs simply need pruning in early spring to clean up any dead or diseased branches.
An organic garden might not have the appeal of a pond with those orange-colored koi, but you will certainly get a lot more out of your garden ‘literally’ than you’ll get out of ornamental fish or some fancy stone tiles in the yard. Take advantage of organics by learning how to garden from the article above.