You probably know quite a bit about organic foods, whether you have read about them, or noticed them at your local supermarket. It’s important to know which products are organic and which are not. They are usually more expensive and have different kinds of packaging. In this article, we will offer your some essential gardening tips that can help you to save more by growing organic products at home.
Digging in hard clay soil is made even more difficult because it sticks to the shovel. Use a thin coat of floor or car wax on your shovel, then buff it with a nice clean cloth to make dealing with clay soil easier. The shovel will glide through the clay and as a bonus, your shovel will be resistant to rust.
Take the time to remove weeds. Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. A clever way to accomplish this is with the help of some white vinegar. White vinegar is a weed killer! Put some white vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray directly on weeds. If you don’t want to pull weeds out by hand anymore, give vinegar a try.
If a test indicates that your soil is very alkaline, you can mix the dirt with used coffee grounds. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. When you can eliminate excess alkaline from the soil, it makes what you are growing much healthier. This means your veggies will taste better, and your flowers will be more vibrant than ever.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. Planning gives you a map of your garden. When your plants begin sprouting and all look alike, you can refer to your plan to remind yourself of which plants are which. With a plan, you will also be less likely to lose track of small groups or individual plants within a large and ambitious garden.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. When these tender shrubs are kept in pots, cold weather can be very damaging. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. Boiling water can be considered as an herbicide, and it is a safe one. Pour boiling water over the weeds to kill them, but make sure not to pour the water over any plants you don’t want to kill. Boiling water damages the weed roots and will inhibit future growth.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. Using these natural methods will reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.
Use common sense when watering your garden. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. Keep the water running slowly so it doesn’t spray up onto the plants’ leaves. Let it water the plants for a while as you do other things.
If you have a problem with your dog disturbing your garden, you can repel him by spraying perfume or other scents on the grass near the edge. Doing so shields the scents that your dog might pick up on and be drawn to, causing their potential interest in your garden to drop dramatically.
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.