For some people organic gardening is a fun, relaxing pastime, whereas for others it can be a major headache. The following advice will show you how to grow an organic garden successfully.
Be sure to plant some strawberries for your children and grandchildren. Ever-bearing ones are especially nice. Little ones will be more likely to help when they can enjoy the fun of harvesting their own fruit.
If you are planning to grow plants within the house, the temperature should be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees within the daylight hours. In order to encourage proper growth, they will need that warmth. If you are not willing to keep your house that warm during winter, you could always get the organic plants a heat lamp.
Use several inches of organic materials for mulch in your flower beds. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
Stay on top of your organic gardening to-do list, and don’t let the work pile up. No matter what your schedule is like, you should be able to fit in small things that will help you avoid having an overwhelming amount of work all at once. Even if you’re just taking the dog for a walk, bend down and pick a few weeds.
When the time comes to harvest your produce, collect it using an old laundry basket. You can also use a laundry basket as a strainer. Rinse the produce while it sits in the basket, the extra water will go through the holes in the basket.
When you plant the seeds in containers, be sure the planting’s depth is three times bigger than the seed. However, you should be aware that certain seeds should not be covered at all because they are required to be in the sunlight. Two of the common examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seeds should be covered or not, try to read the package or find the answer online.
For the best results when growing an organic garden, you should shake your seeds up a little bit. After planted, make sure you agitate the seeds at least twice daily, using your fingers or even a Popsicle stick. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. If you choose to use wood to construct your bed, choose a species that is naturally resistant to rot and avoid treated wood entirely. Cypress, locust and cedar are all very good choices. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you have some space treated wood, you can still use it, however, be sure to line it with some type of barrier like plastic sheeting.
Organic gardening is far more complex than it seems. You may have to put in a fair amount of effort, but at the end of the day you will have a wonderful garden. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.