Gardening Naturally

It’s that time! Time you’re looking forward to the taste of all the wonderful vegetables from your garden. Wow I know I am! I thought I would give you several good gardening tips to help you grow a lush vegetable garden this year. You don’t need a lot of chemicals, just the right information and a little elbow grease.

Tip # 1.

How Often Should You Weed Your Garden.

Weeds not only make your garden look untidy and uncared for but they also rob your vegetables of water and necessary nutrients, so be sure and pull them when you see them. This is especially important in the early stages of growth in your garden. Studies show that keeping your garden weed-free for the first four to six weeks can have a significant impact on the productivity of your plants. Preventing weeds from returning is not that difficult if you put down three to six inches of coarse mulch. A study by the Ohio State University showed that shredded newspaper suppressed the weeds and increased the yield of tomato plants.

It is always a very pleasant sight to view a well kept vegetable garden from your deck or patio.

Tip # 2.

Do You Need To Buy Imported Lady Beetles (Ladybugs) From a Store To Add To Your Garden?

While lady beetles do consume many harmful pests such as aphids, the ones you can buy at your garden centers have been hibernating. They probably won’t stay around long enough to be very beneficial to your garden. Once they wake up their natural instinct is to fly away. Most likely you will have some ladybugs (Lady beetles) visit your garden any way. One of the most helpful visitors you can have in your garden are earthworms. They perform a variety of good deeds to help your soil and your plants. They aerate the soil, digest organic matter, and produce great nutrients for the plants roots. If you have healthy soil there is no need to run to the garden center to buy some of these little guest, chances are these worms are already making themselves at home. If your soil is not so healthy try adding a little aged manure or compost to you garden and they’ll come to visit on their own.

Tip #3.

Old Wives Tales About Table Scraps – Fact Or Fiction?

We’ve all heard them, from our parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles etc. Tales about how different foods and scraps from the kitchen can benefit our gardens. Some of these claims work and others don’t. It’s hard to know which of these “Old Wives Tales” to believe. It just takes trial and error to check them out. Here are a few that have been proven to work.

Eggshells: Eggshells are a great source of calcium which is great for your tomato plants. Without calcium they will develop blossom-end rot. All you have to do is sprinkle the crushed shells on soil around your plants.

Milk: Milk can be a great fungicide for problems like powdery mildew. This is easily detected, there will be a white powder on the leaves. A mixture of milk and water sprayed on your vegetables and fruits can work just as well as chemical sprays.

Hot Peppers: Hot peppers can be used as an insect repellent for you plants when made into a spray. The ingredient that burns you mouth when you eat it (capsaicin) is the ingredient that kills the harmful insects.