For some people organic gardening is a fun, relaxing pastime, whereas for others it can be a major headache. These tips should help you to become a better organic gardener.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. Doing this will allow creatures that help plants to produce and pollinate to continue their actions, which will have a positive effect on the garden you develop.
Use several inches of organic materials for mulch in your flower beds. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden. This also gives your flower beds a more aesthetic aspect.
To avoid tracking the mud and dirt that will get on your gardening shoes, use plastic bags. When you do this, your flow stays going, and you can just get right back out to your garden and finish quick.
Organize the chores for your organic garden so they do not pile up. You may not have a lot of time to exclusively devote to your gardening hobby, but you can make the most of the time you do have. For example, pull a few weeds if you’re outside and waiting for your dog to finish his business.
An old laundry basket makes a great way to gather your harvest. A laundry basket will act as a strainer for your produce. Rinse your crops while in the laundry basket to strain the excess water.
Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. “Green” material refers to things like wilted flowers, weeds, leaves from your yard, and grass clippings. Your dried material can be things such as sawdust, paper shreds, wood shavings, straw and cardboard. You should not use things like meat scraps, charcoal, blighted plants or the manure of meat-eating animals in your compost.
You can kill weeds naturally. You should layer some newspaper to get weeds under control. Weeds require sunlight for growing. When you place layers of newspapers on top of them, the weeds will suffocate from the lack of light. Newsprint also breaks down well, incorporating itself into the compost. Put mulch over top to increase the attractiveness of the pile.
You should use wood that is untreated, brick or stone when building the raised bed. If you choose wood, it needs to be naturally rot resistant and untreated. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. It is particular important that you don’t use treated wood for vegetable beds, as the chemicals and toxins on the wood could leach into the soil and be absorbed by food plants. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
Organic gardening is more difficult than gardening with chemicals, but you will reap a greater reward. Although chemical fertilizers and pesticides can offer impressive claims, choosing the organic route will always yield the best food in the end.
Organic gardening is a more involved form of gardening than is often realized. While it does take hard work and patience, a wonderful organic garden will be the end result and that will always be worth the effort. By using the tips and techniques found here, you can have a healthy, productive garden in no time.