As fun as planning to grow your own organic garden may seem, it is very important to start doing your research and getting your equipment before you do so. Another thing is to take your climate into account, so you know what can grow and what cannot. Basically, the sensible advice that you have, the better. The tips below can certainly help you.
Keep a garden journal and take photographs of your garden as it grows. It’s easy to start the season with high expectations for your gardening. But as the time wears on, it’s just as easy to lose steam. A journal and photos can help inspire and engage you along the way!
Collecting and preserving autumn leaves is a fun gardening project, especially for the kids. Generations of kids have used the “wax paper method” to preserve fall leaves at peak color – with a little help from Mom. Just select colorful thin leaves that don’t have a high water content and place them between two sheets of wax paper. Place a cloth – like an old tea towel – on top of the waxed paper “sandwich” and have Mom slowly run a hot iron (no steam) across the cloth. Peek underneath to see if the wax paper is melting and bear down hard to get a good seal. The wax paper may seem cloudy while it is warm, but it should dry clear as it cools. Enjoy your pretty display of colorful leaves!
Make sure you protect any tender deciduous shrubs. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
To keep pests out of your garden without using chemicals, try planting onions at your garden’s borders. The scent of the onion will work as a natural repellent and will keep many creatures from disturbing your plants. As an added bonus, this allows you to regularly have fresh onions to use in your cooking.
When you’re dealing with a veggie garden, pest control may be difficult. 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 catch them when there are only a few around, you can actually pick them off the plants by hand.
Planning for your own organic garden is exciting. You can now apply your newly acquired knowledge so that you can start growing healthier, happier plants, that bear a lot of produce for you and your family.