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. Organic gardening is also cheaper; you don’t have to spend as much money on tools and equipment. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Include your children in your efforts to organic gardening. Gardens are terrific teaching tools for kids, and provide great opportunities for interaction, growth, and instruction on healthy living.
To be most efficient in your gardening, always keep your tools close at hand. Put them into a basket you carry with you, or use an apron with many pockets and hanging loops. Have gloves, shears, a trowel and anything else you need handy for quick use.
Take your seedlings and saplings to a cooler spot once they are established. As your plants grow, you will want to put a little distance between them and heat. Uncover your containers; the plastic wrap traps humidity, so you need to remove it to stop your plants from overheating. Watch your seeds closely to know how to go about this.
The space you leave in between your plants is an important measurement when it comes to gardening. It’s common to not think about how much space a plant will need once it’s full grown, and you don’t want to crowd your garden. This will give you enough room to work around your garden without smashing any plants. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings.
When the time comes to harvest your produce, collect it using an old laundry basket. This laundry basket can be used as a type of strainer for all your produce. The produce can be rinsed off as it sits in the laundry basket, and extra water will drain out through the sides.
Lightly ruffle your seeds by hand or with cardboard, twice daily in your organic garden. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
If slugs are problematic in your garden, you can use an all-natural beer trap to do away with them. Place a jar into the soil so that the top of it’s mouth rests parallel with the soil. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
If you wish to honestly proclaim your produce to be truly organic, you need to secure organic garden certification. Obtaining this certification will give you further credibility as an organic gardener, boosting sales and proving to your customers that you provide only the best.
Adjust your watering to the season and climate. Knowing how much to water your plants can be a difficult task. You will want to look into various things, such as time of day, quality of water and type of soil. For instance, if you live in a warm, humid climate watering the leaves can cause leaf fungus. Rather, see to it that you water the root system well.
Start using these tips right away, and you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy, pollutant free organic garden in no time. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.