Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Be sure to plant some strawberries for your children and grandchildren. Ever-bearing ones are especially nice. A lot of children not only love to pick out their own fruit but they also love to learn about it as well.
When growing organic plants indoors, it is important to consider the amount of light that is available to them. Almost every type of plant you grow requires ample sunlight, so think about how much natural light you home receives or if you perhaps need to supplement with UV lamps. You could also consider using grow-lights for this exact purpose.
It’s simple to quickly prepare your soil for the planting of a perennial garden. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep. You want to then give the area about a couple of weeks, then you want your new perennials planted by digging into it.
Make sure you have some plastic bags around so that you can cover any muddy gardening shoes you have. This keeps your flow going, so you can get back out to the garden quickly and finish your work.
Pine needles make a great organic mulch. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. If this is the case, use pine needles to mulch your beds. Using several inches of needles to cover your beds provides acid for the soil as they begin to decompose.
Try not to let the chores associated to your organic garden build up. Every time you go outside, you should take care of a few things so that you do not have too much work to do when you have the time to go back to your garden. Try pulling a few weeds from the garden while your dogs are out doing their business.
Killing weeds the natural way? You can easily control weeds by using layered sheets of newspaper. Weeds need sun for growth, just like any other plant. The newspaper will block sunlight and weeds won’t be able to grow. In time, the newspaper will decompose into the soil. Add a layer of mulch on top to make it look more attractive!
If you are planting seeds in containers, a good rule of thumb is that the seed’s depth should be around three times its overall size. Certain seeds are an exception to that rule, since they require sunlight to germinate, so they should be barely covered or not at all. This is true of popular flowers like petunias and zinnias. If you are not sure whether your seeds need to be exposed to sunlight, resources are usually provided with the seeds or can be found online.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.