More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. Keep reading for some useful tips on organic gardening.
If you want your children to enjoy your organic garden, plant some tasty strawberries. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
After sprouting occurs, you will not need to keep seeds as warm. As your baby plants grow, you can move them from their heat source. Make sure you remember to remove any plastic films that were on the plant containers to repel humidity and warmth. Keep a close watch on your seeds to know when to do this.
Spend your time working efficiently in your organic garden. Don’t waste time searching for lost tools. By keeping your tools in a certain area, they will always be ready whenever you are. Get yourself a tool belt, or wear pants with many pockets.
Pine is a surprisingly good source of mulch. Some plants need acidic soil to grow properly, because of their own acid content. If this is the case, use pine needles to mulch your beds. Cover the beds with a couple inches of needles and as they decompose, they will disperse acid to the soil.
Spacing is one important factor in gardening. Amateur gardeners often make the mistake of failing to leave enough space for fully matured plants. Space is vital for your plants not only due to their literal physical size requirements but also because of how much room your garden needs for air circulation. It is, therefore, important for you to plan accordingly and allow for enough room between your seed rows.
Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Green plant material can include items such as leftover produce waste, grass clippings and leaves. Dried plant materials are things like shredded newspaper, cardboard, sawdust, straw, and any cut up wood materials. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? Take newspapers and layer them for controlling weeds. Weeds can’t grow without sunlight. Newspapers placed atop weeds will starve them from light and they will eventually die. The newspapers will break down over a period of time, and will become part of your compost. Cover the newspaper with a thick layer of mulch for a more attractive look.
As a good general practice, you should make sure to plant your seeds three seed-widths deep into their containers. But, is important to realize the some seeds ought not be covered, as they need complete exposure to sun. Some examples are petunias and ageratum. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.
In an organic garden, ruffle any seedlings with a piece of cardboard, or even your hand, a couple times each day. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
If slugs are problematic in your garden, you can use an all-natural beer trap to do away with them. Start by burying a wide-mouth jar in the soil, ensuring that the rim of the jar is just at the soil’s surface. Now, fill the jar with beer to approximately an inch below the lip. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and find themselves trapped.
Create a raised bed for your garden out of stone, bricks or untreated wood. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Don’t use treated wood in a garden for vegetables because the chemicals contained in them can leak into the ground. If you have built a bed with treated lumber already, use a barrier such as plastic to line the bed.
Applying the knowledge you learned here to your garden will help ensure you have a thriving, toxin-free garden of your very own. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.