Working Your Soil So You Can Grow Healthy Plants

Organic gardening can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity in which anyone can participate. However, for someone who does not have any experience with gardening, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. How can you become a better organic gardener? Well, read the tips below, of course!

Shoveling clay is very difficult and lots of work because the clay is hard and sticks to the shovel, making it tough to handle. Coat the shovel with floor or car wax, and buff it with a clean rag to make the job a lot easier. The wax will help keep dirt from sticking to the shovel, and will also keep the metal from rusting.

Choose the varieties of plants that will produce a higher yield. A hybrid designed for your weather, and resistant to local diseases, will give a better yield than non-hybrids.

Choose perennials that slugs are not attracted to. Creatures like snails or slugs can destroy a plant in a single night. They’re particularly fond of perennials with smooth and thin leaves, especially if the plants are young. Some perennials are not preferred meals for snails and slugs, especially if their foliage is hairy and tough, or tastes bad. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.

If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Once a week, spray this solution on your plants and your mildew should disappear in no time. No damage will occur to your plants, and the baking soda is mild and efficient.

While working in your garden during the fall season, watch out for those stink bugs! This insect will gladly devour your tomatoes, beans, and peppers, as well as a variety of other fruits. If you do not check, they do a lot of damage to plants so try to get rid of them if you can.

Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. A thoughtful plan can remind you of previous plantings and what you will see appearing from the soil in the months of spring and summer. This can also help prevent you from losing smaller plants or smaller groups of plants within a larger garden area.

Ensure that your plants are kept dry, and aerated daily. Moisture on your plants is a sure way to attract parasites and disease. A common parasite to plants is fungi. You can control fungi with fungicides, but you must remember to use it before you notice any problems in order for it to work.

If you are new to gardening, make sure you read and follow all the directions on any tool or chemical you use. If you don’t pay good attention, you could wind up with skin irritations or other issues. Protect yourself and follow all instructions.

It should now be clear to you why so many people find organic gardening enjoyable. Cultivating your green thumb is a relaxing, engaging hobby that the whole family can enjoy. With these tips in mind, you can start growing like a pro!