Organic gardening can either be a nice, calming hobby, or a considerable annoyance. These tips should help you to become a better organic gardener.
Allow your children to actively participate in planting your organic garden. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
Strawberries are a great plant to grow in any organic garden, especially if you happen to have kids or any strawberry lover in your home. For kids, there are few things as fun as picking fruit fresh from the garden. Your children will be much more interesting in helping out if they know they’ll get to enjoy some tasty strawberries.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.
Try to keep plastic bags on hand to cover shoes that are muddy. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.
Pine is a mulch that is great. There are many types of plants with a high acidity, which means they thrive in acidic soil. Plants like these thrive when you use pine needles as mulch. Spread the needles over the beds in a layer that is approximately 2-inches deep. Over time, the needles will begin to decay, supplying the soil with acid as they do.
Is there a natural way to kill weeds? You can place newspaper in several layers, and it will help control your weeds. Weeds must have sunlight in order to grow. The newspaper will block sunlight and weeds won’t be able to grow. In time, the newspaper will decompose into the soil. Cover the newspaper with a thick layer of mulch for a more attractive look.
A useful technique for organic gardening, is to gently disturb your seedlings by using your fingers or a piece of cardboard one or two times daily. It sounds weird, but research has shown that handling the seedling like this often will make them grow bigger than seedlings that are ignored.
You should use wood that is untreated, brick or stone when building the raised bed. Choose a wood that is resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. In order to avoid toxic substances from getting into the ground and perhaps into your vegetables, avoid using treated wood to enclose or demarcate different sections of your vegetable garden. If you have to use treated wood, you should line it with a bit of plastic to create a barrier.
As you now know, organic gardening isn’t as simple as you may have thought. Every time you enjoy your vegetables, fruits, flowers or just take a satisfying glance around your garden, you’ll realize that all your efforts have been worth it. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to increasing your organic gardening skills.