When it comes to gardening the green way, every organic garden needs extra TLC. Here is where intelligent gardening techniques will come in useful. You have the ability to produce healthy, delicious produce on your own property. Using these tips will make you a top-class organic gardener in no time.
Organic gardening is a safe hobby to share with your children. Gardening helps your children learn about biological processes and serves as a social activity that helps the family grow closer while eating healthier.
Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. You can make use of a bucket, or wear pants that have plenty of pockets. You will be much more productive if you can quickly get to your spade, pruning shears, trowel and watering can.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. This will prevent weeds from growing, retain humidity, and feed your plants with the nutrients they need. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Keep plastic bags handy to cover your muddy gardening shoes. You will save time and be back in the garden much more quickly by doing this.
Pine can make a great mulch. Some plants do better in soil with high acidity as they are highly acidic themselves. For such plants, pine needles function both as a handy mulch and as a soil amendment to lower the pH. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.
Paying attention to spacing is important. As plants grow and spread out, you will not always know how much space will be required. Beyond just the physical space that the plants will need, you should also consider the airflow that the plants will require. Plan your garden accordingly, and make sure the right distance is between the seeds.
Don’t let all the little chores in your organic garden build up. Sometimes it might prove difficult to get in a little gardening time every day. However, you shouldn’t fret, as there are a few things you can do that can minimize the time you spend gardening when you do manage to get to it. For example, snatch out a weed or two whenever you pass by the garden, such as when you take your dog out for a potty break.
An old laundry basket works great for gathering produce from your garden. The basket will make a great strainer when you wash your vegetables. Rinse your crops while in the laundry basket to strain the excess water.
Killing weeds the natural way? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Weeds require sunlight to grow. When you cover weeds with newspaper layers, they suffocate due to lack of light. Old newspapers are a valuable addition to your compost heap. It can look more attractive by adding a mulch layer.
As a good general practice, you should make sure to plant your seeds three seed-widths deep into their containers. But, is important to realize the some seeds ought not be covered, as they need complete exposure to sun. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. If you are unsure about your seed’s requirements for sunlight, the resources are often provided along with the seeds, or you can find out online.
A good thing to know when it comes to your organic garden, and running it, is to, a couple times a day, lightly ruffle the seedlings with cardboard or your hand. Believe it or not, aerating the soil in this manner can actually make your seedlings grow larger.
Organic gardening can help you develop an appreciation for the taste and freshness of your food. It takes research, patience and dedication, but organic gardening is well worth every bit of effort it requires.