The trend toward organic foods has gradually escalated to become more of a movement; a permanent shift in the way we think about the foods that we put into our bodies. In order for someone to live a holistic lifestyle, and obtain the desired health benefits, they usually have to learn to grow their own herbs and plants. They have to know how to start and maintain an organic garden. This article provides several useful tips on organic gardening that can help.
When planting perennials, seek out those that are resistant to slugs. A plant can be completely demolished overnight by slugs and snails. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. There are perennials that slugs do not want to eat, the ones that they hate have hairy leaves, or are unappealing to their taste. These varieties include achillea, helleborus, heuchera, euphorbia, and campanula.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthy soil equals healthy plants and healthy plants can fight off diseases with ease. If you start with balanced soil, your garden will produce healthy plants with the best yield. Refrain from using chemicals since these will increase the salt content of the soil.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix plain baking soda with a small bit of liquid soap and water. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. No damage will occur to your plants, and the baking soda is mild and efficient.
It is a good idea to pre-soak your seeds in a dark environment overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will keep your seeds hydrated and give you a little head start with your growing. Seeds that are cultivated this way are more likely to survive and mature properly.
If you find that you have soil that has high amounts of alkaline, mix used coffee grounds throughout the soil. Coffee grounds are an inexpensive way to increase the acid level in your soil. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
Divide irises. Increase your iris population when you divide up overgrown clumps. When you see the foliage is definitely dead, lift up the bulbous irises. The iris bulbs should easily split apart in your hand. Once you replant them, they will have a good flower show the following year. Divide rhizomes with a knife. Cut the center out of each rhizome but save the pieces. Every piece should contain a strong offshoot. Plant immediately.
The more you fill your brain when it comes to gardening, the more you have at your disposal throughout the whole process. Keep in mind that these pointers are simply the tip of the iceberg.