There are lots of natural ways that you can grow a healthy, organic garden. All it takes is a little research, and some strategic implementation.
It is important that you give your plants the chance to gradually adjust to the change in temperature and conditions, or you risk shocking them. Place them outside in the sunlight for an hour or two on the first day. Throughout the week, you should leave your plants out for a little longer each day. At the end of a week, they should be accustomed to the outdoors and ready to transition to outside safely.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil encourages vigorous plant growth and makes your garden more resistant to common diseases and insects. To give your garden the best chance of yielding the healthiest plants, start with a high-quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.
Use biennials and annuals to beautify your flower beds. Using a variety of flowers allows your flower garden to have a different look each season. They are very helpful when trying to fill in gaps between shrubs and perennials in an area that is sunny. Attention-getting options exist such as sunflowers and petunias.
When you go to mow your lawn, make sure you don’t mow it too closely to the ground. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. When you cut the grass too short, the roots are often not deep enough, which causes your lawn to have dry patches of brown, discolored grass.
Deciduous shrubs should be protected from the elements. Delicate shrubs that are sitting in pots should be sheltered from the cold weather. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This method is preferred to wrapping a plant in plastic, since it promotes circulation and prevents rotting.
A green garden needs to begin with seeds, not plants. Starting from seed is far less harsh on the environment than using plants you buy at the nursery. Plastics from nurseries aren’t recycled often, which causes them to go into landfills; so try starting with seeds, or buying from organic nurseries.
You can prevent pests using other plants or natural materials. Onions and marigolds can help to deter slugs. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
Think about berry-producing trees that are green year round for your garden. These evergreens will color your lawn, even when other flowers are not blooming. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
Use common sense when watering your garden. Use a type of soaker hose so that you don’t need to do individual waterings with the hose nozzle, or be refilling a watering can constantly. Lower your water pressure on the soaker hose to avoid harming tender plants. Just use it on your foliage for a few hours.
To deter meddlesome dogs from destroying your garden, you should use heavily scented substances around the perimeter. You can even use perfume! This will help to cover the scents that are attracting the dog, and make it less of an appealing place for your dog to be.
A garden can be grown by anyone, but in order to have a garden that produces the best crops, proper horticulture knowledge is needed. Try using these organic tips.