With a push to eat healthier and to save money at the grocery store, many people are turning to organic gardening to meet their needs. The aim of this article is to help the would-be organic gardener get off to a great start. Just follow these useful tips to get some great results.
Select perennials to reduce the amount of care your garden requires. Plants that return year after year usually require only a modicum of weeding and pruning. Edible perennials, such as asparagus, rhubarb, and sorrel, can provide an excellent salad addition for your household without causing too much work for you.
When removing and replanting perennials, it is important to replenish the soil as well. If you remove a large number of perennials, and then replant them without adding additional compost and soil, the bed will be lower, reducing drainage and air circulation. Also, the compost will replace nutrients that have been used up by previous growing seasons.
When deciding to take up gardening, it is important to study and know your geographical area. Some vegetation simply can’t survive a northern winter. Contrarily, some plants can’t survive a Texas summer. As such, it is important to know where you are and what the plants that you intend on growing can handle.
Use seedlings to run relay planting. Using seedlings can allow you to get a jump start on the growing season and improve yields to the harvest by extending time. If growing lettuce and a squash harvest is needed for summer, then after the lettuce has been harvested you can plant seedlings to get a jump start on another crop and a higher yield for the garden.
To spice up a dull garden, try using climbing plants. A climbing plant can add visual interest to a fence or tree and are a great way to hide any unattractive structures. As an added bonus, most climbing plants are very low maintenance. Kiwi vine, climbing snapdragon and morning glories are all great choices.
If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try ‘boiling’ them. Boiling water is a very safe alternative to other potent herbicides. Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Boiling water damages weed and plant roots, so be sure to avoid the plants you don’t want to eliminate.
For a healthy, weed-free lawn, cut your grass at the highest point recommended for the blend of grass you’re growing. Cutting your grass too short won’t mean you have to mow less often. Instead, it allows weeds to take hold, and causes water to evaporate. Longer grass can better protect itself against weeds, drought, and pests.
As long as you can find the proper information and implement it correctly, you should have no trouble growing a great organic garden. Use what you learned today, and apply it to your garden to see how much of a difference it makes. Despite what you grow, use the above tips to succeed with them.