The spring season is once again upon us; the sun is out, the birds are singing, and the grass seems to be greener in general; which also means it’s time to make that garden look a bit more appealing!
What do you know about organic gardening? Do you have particular techniques you like to use? Or do you prefer to pick things up as you go? Successful gardening is no big secret and the truth of the matter is that with the right information, you don’t have to be a professional horticulturist to fully appreciate a garden; anyone can achieve their ideal garden organically. Even if you can’t go the whole hog there are some easy ways to greatly reduce your use of chemicals and fertilisers.
With these handy tips, you’ll soon be on your way to attaining that organic garden of your dreams!
- Pay close attention to the positioning of your plants. You can utilise certain taller plants to shade plants that are sensitive to the sun. Don’t be afraid to move your plants – either in Autumn or early spring while the plant is dormant.
- Mix a combination of water, vinegar and alcohol to scrub away salt deposits that build up in clay pots. This ensures you can use them again (just make sure they are dry prior to using them though!).
- A cheaper alternative to insect repellent is washing up liquid; simply just squirt a little into a water spray bottle and spray the plant foliage to keep those insects away.
- It is worth spending a little extra and investing in a fence to go around your garden. It keeps put unwanted animals and also helps stop weed seeds and pests from entering your garden.
- If you are garden proud, it may be worth investing in artificial grass for your garden. This will ensure it stays looking pristine not only during the warmer season, but all year round. Artificial grass does not need feeding, weeding, watering or cutting!
- A great way to get rid of slugs in your garden is to leave out a container or bowl filled with beer. Ensure that the lip of the container is at ground level. Slugs are attracted to beer so will be drawn to it and drown.
- Another common method of ridding your garden of leaf eating insects is to use chilli pepper. Simply add a tablespoon of red chilli pepper per quart of water in to a spray bottle and spray on to the leaves and foliage.
- See organic gardening as more of a hobby rather than a chore. Gardening is incredibly therapeutic, once you relax you will learn that you enjoy it a lot more.
- Consider buying or building a composter. You can recycle all your kitchen and garden waste into a natural and organic fertiliser.
- If you are a pet owner, ensure you read ingredients and be wary when using repellent and weed killer; these can be harmful for your pet.
- Remember that soil needs to be pretty dry before digging; digging soil while it’s wet can destroy the structure which defeats the whole purpose. Because it is wet it is also much heavier so the job is much more tiring!
- If you forgot to use grass seed in the Autumn to fill bare patches and thicken your lawn you can still sow in mid-spring. However, you need to keep the seeds moist so wait until a period of showers is forecast. If this is not possible then make sure you water your new seeds regularly. We recommend buying your seeds from an agricultural grass seed supplier online. The quality will be much better and the price lower. Many of the grass seeds sold in DIY chains are old and their germination rates relatively poor.
- Once you have the base of your garden covered, add a few visually appealing additions; this can do wonders for the aesthetic appeal of your garden. Think wind chimes, a water feature, a bird house or even a sculpture.
- Last of all, you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy your efforts, so invest in a garden bench or perhaps even a swing gazebo! After all that hard work, you deserve it!
So there you have it, obviously, there is a lot more to gardening than just the above basic tips, and the more you reap, the more you will sow! Just remember, if you are a beginner or budding gardener, nobody gets it right the first time; it is normal to tinker a little, change things about and experiment – it’s all part of the fun!