If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. Kids really enjoy plucking snacks directly from the ground, and may have greater enthusiasm for the work if they see the results of their labor right away.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. This is a good way to keep weed growth at bay and add nutrients that you need in your garden. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Work properly in your garden. Don’t spend 30 minutes searching for a tool. Take the time to prepare the necessary tools, and then store them in a easily accessed place once you are done gardening. Wear pants with several pockets or use a tool belt.
You need to avoid chores in your organic garden stacking up. While you may not be able to spend time in the garden on a daily basis, there are still many things you can do to keep things from snowballing out of control. If you’re outside with your pet, try to remove weeds when your pet is doing his business.
Apply equal portions of dried plant material and green into your compost pile. “Green” material refers to things like wilted flowers, weeds, leaves from your yard, and grass clippings. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Charcoal, meat, ashes or other diseased plants should not be included in a compost pile.
Do you want to kill weeds in a natural way? You can easily control weeds by using layered sheets of newspaper. The main thing that a weed needs to thrive is sunlight. If you place sheets of newspaper over the weeds, they will die due to a lack of sunlight. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. To improve the appearance of newspaper, simply spread a bit of mulch over it.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. Believe it or not, aerating the soil in this manner can actually make your seedlings grow larger.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Cypress, cedar or locust wood are appropriate selections. If you use treated wood in your vegetable garden, the chemicals in the wood can make their way into the soil, and in turn, to your crops. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
By taking advantage of the advice you’ve read in this article, you’ll be able to have a garden free of pesticides and full of healthy produce. You can also look forward to a rise in the number of wild visitors you receive in your garden.