Organic gardening can either be a nice, calming hobby, or a considerable annoyance. These tips should help you to become a better organic gardener.
When selecting among several varieties of a plant, choose the ones that will produce the largest yield. In many cases, a disease-resistant or cold-tolerant hybrid will produce a higher yield than a traditional variety.
Start your plants in containers, and then transplant the seedlings into the garden later on. This can give your seedlings the advantage they need to survive and reach adulthood. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. When you remove your mature plants, the next batch of seedlings should be ready.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Large handled tools like rakes, hoes or shovels may be used like measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Use a permanent marker to label distances. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
Do not plant perennials that are prone to snail infestation. It is alarming to see how quickly slugs, and their cousin snails, can annihilate a plant. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. There are some perennials that do not appeal to slugs, such as those with leaves that are hairy and tough with a bad taste. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
You don’t need a costly chemical solution to deal with powdery mildew in your garden. Rather, you should mix a bit of baking soda with a small quantity of liquid soap in water. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda is a good way to get rid of mildew on your plants gently.
Organic gardening is a more involved form of gardening than is often realized. While it does take hard work and patience, a wonderful organic garden will be the end result and that will always be worth the effort. By using the tips and techniques found here, you can have a healthy, productive garden in no time.