You would like to have a garden that uses organic methods to grow healthy plants. The time to do it is now. Listed below are some tips that will help you get started with your organic gardening aspirations.
To be most efficient in your gardening, always keep your tools close at hand. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
Once your seeds start sprouting, they do not need as much warmth as they needed before. As your baby plants grow, you can move them from their heat source. Make sure you remember to remove any plastic films that were on the plant containers to repel humidity and warmth. To know when it is time for this, keep a careful eye on your seeds.
Plastic bags are great to cover gardening shoes when they get muddy. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.
Coffee grounds can benefit many types of soil. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, an essential nutrient for plant growth. Plants need an adequate nitrogen source in order to thrive. Adding coffee grounds, chemical fertilizer, or diluted urea to your soil increases the soil’s nitrogen content and will help to make your plants grow faster, taller and healthier.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. Even doing just a few small things each day can keep chores from piling up and eventually becoming unmanageable. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. Take the time to do a little weeding or something else that needs to be done each time you have to be outside keeping an eye on your dog, which for some can be several times a day.
Would you like to kill those obnoxious weeds naturally? Take newspapers and layer them for controlling weeds. Weeds must have sunlight in order to grow. When you pile up layers of newspapers right on top of the weeds, they will suffocate and die. In time, the newspaper will decompose into the soil. You can cover the newspapers with mulch to make them look more attractive if you like!
When you plant the seeds in containers, be sure the planting’s depth is three times bigger than the seed. Some seeds need sunlight and should not be buried. Ageratum and petunias are two examples of seeds that should not be planted deeply. The directions for how to handle the seeds will usually be found on the seed’s package. You can also find this information online.
Ruffle the seedlings carefully with a piece of soft cardboard or your hands twice a day. Although this method may seem counterproductive, it actually helps the seeds to grow quicker and stronger.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. First, place a glass canning jar in the soil, burying it until the mouth is even with the surface of the soil. Pour enough beer into the jar to fill it below an inch from the top. Beer is especially attractive to slugs; they will lured to it and trapped.
A raised bed can be built with untreated wood, brick or stone. If you choose wood, it needs to be naturally rot resistant and untreated. Some good choices include locust, cypress, and cedar. Consider the chemicals that will leach out of the wood before choosing anything that has been treated. Remember the affect that such chemicals will have on your plants and soil. If you’re using treated lumber, line it with a barrier, or some plastic.
Hopefully these tips have helped to prepare you for having an organic garden. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. These tips will have hopefully given you the tips you need to grow a organic garden.