Are you scared of what chemicals lurk in commercial fertilizer or pesticides? No longer worrying about these toxic chemicals is just one of the many benefits of gardening organically. Another benefit of organic gardening is that it is relatively inexpensive. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
A great way to ensure that your organic garden will do well is to keep a section of your land unspoiled. The natural wildlife will spring up and make for a perfect organic habitat. Doing this will allow creatures that help plants to produce and pollinate to continue their actions, which will have a positive effect on the garden you develop.
For in-home organic gardeners, you are looking for an ideal temperature of around 60-75 degrees for your plants. This is the optimum temperature to ensure strong growth. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden. This also gives your flower beds a more aesthetic aspect.
Pine needles should not be overlooked as a great source for mulch. Some plants need acidic soil to grow properly, because of their own acid content. For these types of plants, pine needles are wonderful for mulching. Sprinkle the pine needles over your beds. As the needles decompose, they add to the acid level in the soil.
When it is time to gather your produce, you should use an older laundry basket. This will be like a strainer for all your produce. Doing this allows you to both rinse and drain your fresh produce.
Is there a natural way to kill weeds? You will need many layers of newspapers. Weeds require sunlight to continue growing. If the weeds have already sprouted, you can place the newspapers over them and they will die due to lack of sunlight. As an added benefit, the newspapers will decompose over time, becoming organic compost. Try adding some mulch on top of it to make appear more attractive.
It is a great idea to help your garden by ruffling seedlings, either with cardboard or with your own hands, a couple of times each day. This will make your plants grow faster and they will get bigger than they would have without this practice.
A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. Cypress, cedar or locust wood are appropriate selections. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural gardening methods.