Most people have heard tales about the proficiency of organic foods and most have probably seen them around, yet not many have actually taken the time to enjoy them. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Keep reading for a variety of tips and tricks for maintaining an organic garden.
Use both annuals and biennials to add a splash of color to your flower beds. Fast growing biennials and annuals can enliven a flower bed while letting you change up the look each season and year. Sunny areas in the middle of shrubs and perennials can be filled in nicely with these plants. Some of these that you might consider are petunias, marigolds and sunflowers. If those are not flowers you like, you can also try cosmos, holyhocks or rudbeckias.
There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. You just need to spray your plants with this solution once every five days until the mildew is no longer visible. This solution is perfectly safe for your plants and gently treats mildew in a short amount of time.
Think about using evergreens in your yard that produce berries during the year. They offer terrific color during the dreariest times of the year when nothing else you have planted has any hue remaining. Some plants that will provide color in the winter include the American Cranberrybush, the American Holly, the Common Snowberry, and the Winterberry.
If you are growing a vegetable garden, you may find that pests can be difficult to control. It’s likely you don’t want to spray pesticides around the vegetables you intend to eat. You can prevent pests from appearing in the garden by adopting a vigilant attitude. If you happen to notice them early on, you can control them just by physically removing them from your plants with your hands.
Pouring the excess water from your dinner of steamed veggies on them can help. You should also try using a bit of coffee grounds or tea to increase the acidity of the soil for your gardenias or your rhododendrons. If fungus is ravaging your potted plants, sprinkle a bit of Chamomile tea on them, and see if it helps.
If you want to keep dogs our of your garden, take some aftershave, old perfume, or any other scented item and spray the grass around the area. This kind of scent is going to mask the scents your dog is attracted to. If your dog has no interesting smell to follow, the garden will not be a tempting place.
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.