Many people, while favorably considering the practice, never actually commit themselves to organic gardening. Many people feel intimidated by gardening because it is so unfamiliar to them. Read this article for some tips and tricks you can use to break this challenge down into something you can handle and even enjoy.
Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. As your plants grow, you will want to put a little distance between them and heat. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container. Check on your seeds often so you catch them when they are ready.
Use plastic bags to cover muddy gardening shoes. You will save time and be back in the garden much more quickly by doing this.
Do not underestimate pine as great mulch. Some plants have a naturally high acidic level, and therefore like acidic soil. If you have some of these plants, then pine needles are an easy way to add acid to their bed. Cover your beds with two inches of needles; acid will be dispersed into the soil as they decompose.
Coffee grounds are a good addition to your soil. Coffee grounds are full of nitrogenous nutrients that growing plants need. Using coffee grounds or any other source of nitrogen contributes to the growth of taller, fuller blooms.
The space you leave in between your plants is an important measurement when it comes to gardening. People often underestimate how much space plants will need when once they’re grown. The plants will inevitably need to unfurl and spread, but they also need the circulation of air from open spaces. It is, therefore, important for you to plan accordingly and allow for enough room between your seed rows.
Stay on top of your organic gardening to-do list, and don’t let the work pile up. Not everyone has time to tend their gardens every day, but by doing little things whenever you have a chance, you can avoid having things pile up. Even if you’re just taking the dog for a walk, bend down and pick a few weeds.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Green plant material consists of spent flowers, veggie and fruit waste, leaves, weeds, and grass clippings. The leaves you rake in the fall, straw, sawdust and the like are dry material. Never use ashes, meat, charcoal, diseased plants or carnivorous animal manure in your compost pile.
Is there a natural way to kill weeds? You can easily control weeds by using layered sheets of newspaper. Weeds require sunlight to continue growing. The newspaper will block sunlight and weeds won’t be able to grow. As an added benefit, the newspapers will decompose over time, becoming organic compost. You can add mulch on top for aesthetic reasons.
When maintaining your organic garden, try lightly petting your seedlings — either with the palm of your hand or something like a sheet of cardboard — once or twice each day. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Dig a hole just deep enough for a glass jar to be placed in it while the jar still has its rim in line with the surface of the ground. Fill it with beer to about one inch below the top of the jar. The beer helps attract slugs and they end up trapped.
Hopefully this article has taken all of your apprehension about organic gardening completely out of the equation. Apply these tips and you will quickly be eating luscious and wholesome foods, that you grew yourself!