There’s a lot more to gardening than most people realize. You will need to research techniques for chemical-free pest control and healthy ways to make sure your plants continue to thrive. If you are new to growing vegetables, then growing organic may take you a bit more time to learn. Give yourself an advantage by applying the advice from the following article.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. These biennials and annuals are fast-growing, and they allow you to brighten up your flower bed with a change for each season. They can be used to fill in gaps in your garden between the perennials or shrubs so your garden looks fuller. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Once every week, you should spray the mixture on your plants; the mildew will disappear shortly thereafter. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
Transplanting plants and bringing them indoors can protect them from harsh winters. Try to save plants that are expensive or that are resistant enough to handle the transition. Carefully loosen the dirt around the roots, then transfer the plant into a pot filled with the same soil.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
When you go to mow your lawn, make sure you don’t mow it too closely to the ground. If you let your grass keep some height after mowing, it will be able to absorb more sun and moisture resulting in a lusher, greener lawn. If you keep your lawn too short, the roots will not go deep enough to survive in case of a heat wave.
Do you like mint, but not how they ruin your garden? Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You have the option of planting the container with the plant to keep the roots from taking the garden over.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. A good way to keep slugs away is to create a border with onions around a garden with vegetables. Marigolds would do this trick as well. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. These are proven methods without having to use harsh chemical pesticides.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.