You probably know quite a bit about organic foods, whether you have read about them, or noticed them at your local supermarket. Organically produced foods typically stand out from the rest. These have different packages and cost a bit more. Read on to learn some great tips about how to start an organic garden of your own and yield some amazing and healthy foods for your dinner table.
Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. These pests gravitate to young perennials with smooth, tender, thin leaves. There are, however, certain types of perennials that slugs and snails hate. Most of these varieties either have tough leaves or taste unappealing. Some of the best varieties of these include achillea, campanula, euphorbia, and heuchera.
Beginning your garden with healthy soil is your first defense against pests! Healthy plants can better ward off pests and diseases. For healthy plants, start with healthy soil that is properly amended and free of chemicals in order to avoid salt accumulation.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within one season. You can direct them over certain branches or boards, or you can send them through plants you already have. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. Trusted variations of climbers are honeysuckle, jasmine, clematis, wisteria and climbing roses.
If you are considering planting a garden take the time to plan it out. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. A good plan can also help you to place each plant in the area that is most beneficial to them.
A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. Increase your iris stocks by dividing your overgrown clumps. Once the foliage has died off, lift out your bulbous irises. The bulbs will naturally split in your hands, and after you replant them, will flower about a year later. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. From the outside cut the new pieces and then get rid of the old center. Each new piece you cut should possess at least one healthy offshoot. Do this cutting beside your garden bed, so that you can place your new groupings into the ground immediately.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.