Holistic lifestyles are starting to become more popular, and people are starting to live more organically. It makes sense that people who make the choice to live this way can benefit from organic gardening. If you’d like to grow your own organic plants, read on for some useful tips.
Include your kids in growing an organic garden. Growing a garden is a great way to teach your children about nature while allowing you to have time to bond with them.
If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. For kids, there are few things as fun as picking fruit fresh from the garden. Your children will be much more interesting in helping out if they know they’ll get to enjoy some tasty strawberries.
You need to make sure you are very efficient when working in your organic garden. Don’t spend 30 minutes searching for a tool. Prepare all of your tools prior to working in the garden, and then put them away neatly when finished. A good way to keep your tools at hand is to buy a tool belt or utility pants with many large pockets.
Plastic bags can be kept on hand and reused to slip over your dirty gardening shoes. This helps you stay in the zone so that you can continue gardening when you have completed your tasks in the house.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. If your busy life prevents you from tending your garden every day, do small tasks to avoid having so much work when you do have some time. Even if you’re just taking the dog for a walk, bend down and pick a few weeds.
Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Your green material can be made up of produce waste, used floral arrangements, lawn cuttings, leaves, and other yard waste. Sawdust, straw, cardboard, paper and wood pulp are all examples of dried plant material. Materials to avoid during composting include diseased plants, meat, ashes and charcoal.
You can kill weeds naturally. Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. In order to grow, weeds need sunlight. If the weeds have already sprouted, you can place the newspapers over them and they will die due to lack of sunlight. In time, the newspaper will decompose into the soil. Try adding some mulch on top of it to make appear more attractive.
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. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
Water demands from plants will depend on the season and the climate in your area. The amount of water you will need will vary according to your climate and even such factors as the part of day and soil type. For instance, if you live in a humid climate where it never goes below 30 degrees Celsius, refrain from watering the leaves, as this will inevitably invite leaf fungus. Instead, focus water on the plant’s root system.
With more knowledge comes a higher level of skill and success. Keep in mind that these pointers are simply the tip of the iceberg.