When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
Use the ingredients in your kitchen to create a natural pest-deterring spray. Make a spray from water and garlic, chives, or onions. You can create this spray by slicing up peeled onions, chives, or garlic into tiny pieces, mixing the diced pieces into a half of cup of water, and then straining the mixture into a spray bottle. When planting trees and shrubs, dig irregular holes with rough sides. If the sides of the hole you dug is packed hard by the shovel, the roots of your plant may have difficulty penetrating the surrounding soil. Organic gardening is a high-risk, high-reward activity compared to normal gardening, but the rewards certainly are sweet. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.
You should rotate your garden every year. Keeping plants that belong to the same family in the same place can eventually spark fungus growth and disease. The fungus and bacteria will stay in the ground a whole year and attack your plants when the time is right. When you rotate your crops, fungus and disease have less chance to spread. Coffee grounds can benefit many types of soil. Coffee grounds add many nitrogenous nutrients to the soil that will benefit your plants. This nutrient is often lacking in home gardens, and adding it will give you taller plants that bloom beautifully. Create a mixture that consists of six parts water to one part milk, and spray your garden with this solution regularly. Spraying your plants with this natural solution helps to ward off powdery mildew. The mixture is easy to keep in your refrigerator for up to three weeks. It’s safe for daily use until you have the mildew under control. Plant trees in such a way that they provide shade for your home. Doing so will reduce your energy usage and save you money, since the trees will shade your home and cool it naturally. Leaves, twigs, and dead plants are excellent additions to your compost pile. When the leaves decompose, they are broken down into a nourishing, rich compost that plants love. You will find this to be a great no-cost method of getting organic compound for your garden.
Research botanical insecticide formulas, as they are often quite effective in eradicating pests. In many cases, organic insecticides work even better than commercial products that are full of chemicals. Natural insecticide are more environmentally friendly, in part, because they decay quickly and become harmless.
Use companion plants in your organic garden. Some plants help their neighboring plants to grow. Companion plants can keep pests away, and improve soil quality. Plants that have a strong odor can drive insects away from the other plants in your garden. You need to be very specific about what organic plants you plan to grow in the garden. Some flowers and vegetables require specific types of soil, a certain moisture level, and direct or indirect sun exposure. As an example, take the beautiful rose bush. There are hundreds of variances available and while some will do well in your garden, others won’t. You need to select the varieties that will best suit the environment you will be planting them in. One great way to keep your plants healthy is to spray them with a mix of water and milk regularly. Use six parts water and one part milk. This will keep powdery mildew away. You can store this mix in the refrigerator for as long as three weeks. It is very safe to use every day until you have the mildew under control.