Just about anyone can become an organic gardener. It’s a fun, relaxing hobby that has a lot of benefits. However, for a beginner, the whole gardening experience can be a very intimidating thing to enter into. The question is, what can a beginner do to become knowledgeable on organic gardening? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.
It is simple to prepare your garden for perennial flowers. Simply use a spade or small shovel to get under the grass or turf and flip it over. Then, using wood chips, cover the area to a depth of three or four inches. Let the area sit for a couple weeks, then begin digging into it and planting your new perennials.
You will garden more efficiently if you keep your tools close by. You can do this by using a bucket, or you can wear rugged pants or a gardening apron that has several pockets. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
Use several inches of organic materials for mulch in your flower beds. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Have plastic bags on hand to put over dirty gardening shoes. You will save time and be back in the garden much more quickly by doing this.
Spacing is essential when planting an organic garden. Leave a little more space than you think your full grown plant will need to make up for overgrowth. Air circulation and room to grow is important for any plant. Plot out all of these considerations before putting that first seed in the ground.
Use an old laundry basket to bring your fresh produce in from the garden. It makes a great strainer for your vegetables. The basket won’t be affected by the water and it will drain right off as though it were poured into a large sieve.
It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. You can easily control weeds by using layered sheets of newspaper. Like any other plant, weeds need to be exposed to the sun. By placing newspaper over them, they will not get light and suffocate. As an added benefit, the newspapers will decompose over time, becoming organic compost. One way to enhance the appearance of your garden if you are using newspapers is to add an additional layer of mulch.
A good thing to know when it comes to your organic garden, and running it, is to, a couple times a day, lightly ruffle the seedlings with cardboard or your hand. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Bury a jar in the garden with it’s mouth open and level to the ground. Fill the jar with beer within one inch of the top. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
Water demands from plants will depend on the season and the climate in your area. The amount of water you need to give your plants depends on soil type, quality of water and time of day. Gardeners in warm, moist climates should avoid watering leafy plants as this makes them more vulnerable to fungal growths. The important thing is to make sure the plant’s roots receive sufficient water.
You should now realize how much fun and how enjoyable gardening can be. It provides so much opportunity for relaxation in a soothing environment and so much reward when the garden flourishes. With the tips presented above at the forefront of your mind, you can begin to grow delicious organic produce like a professional.