Plant slug-proof perennials. Slugs and snails can decimate a plant in one night. They tend to enjoy perennials that have thin, smooth, tender leaves, especially those of young plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Excellent varieties include heuchera, achillea, euphorbia, campanula, and helleborus.
Beginning your garden with healthy soil is your first defense against pests! If you are producing healthy plants they will be stronger and better able to resist bugs and diseases. To give your garden the best chance of yielding the healthiest plants, start with a high quality soil that has fewer chemicals which over time will accumulate salts.
When winter comes, you can save a few plants by transferring them inside the house. Choose carefully: do not save a plant that won’t live through a winter inside. Perhaps you can save your most expensive or resistant plants. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
Do you love fresh mint leaves but hate how they quickly grow to take over your garden? Rein in their growth by planting the mint in a large pot or garden container instead. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive and keep the plant from taking over your garden!
Divide irises. You can increase your stock of irises by dividing up overgrown clumps. Lift bulbous irises when the foliage is dead. The bulbs will split up naturally in your hand, and when replanted, will often flower the next year. Rhizomes should be divided using a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. Each piece should have at least one strong offshoot. Replant immediately.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
If you are a first time gardener, it is important that you follow all of the instructions on all of your tools and chemicals. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Keep your body safe and follow directions.
Invest in a kneeling stool and a wheelbarrow to work in the garden. Spending a lot of time near the ground working is very hard on the knees, so a lightweight and portable garden stool will make gardening more comfortable. Also having a garden usually requires moving heavy dirt and objects, so investing in a wheelbarrow is a very sound investment.
If you are interested in sustainable organic gardening consider keeping part of your property undeveloped so that wildlife can flourish there. You will find that many of the supporting cast of insects and birds that aid in plant production and pollination will be present on your land and actually help your developed gardens to produce better.