There are many different reasons why one would might prefer organic gardening methods over more traditional approaches. Some of the most popular reasons include concerns about chemicals, health problems and the environment. Another benefit of organic gardening is that it is relatively inexpensive. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
So that you don’t shock your plants, try gradually accustoming them to conditions and temperature. Place them outdoors in the sun for about an hour or two on the first day. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
You can use the wooden handles of your tools as measurement sticks. Large handled tools such as shovels, rakes, and hoes can be used as measuring sticks. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Now when you go to work in the garden, you will have a ruler that is large at your fingertips!
When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. They like beans, peppers, tomatoes and many fruits. If you don’t take care of them, they can decimate your garden, so it’s best to do all you can to get rid of them.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. Not only is this more of an effective method for gardening, but it’s also more environmentally-friendly. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
Read instructions on new gardening chemicals and tools before you use them. Failing to heed this simple advice can mean skin irritation that you are going to remember, and not pleasantly at that. Following instructions for the use of harsh chemicals can keep you safe from serious injury.
If you have a vegetable garden, it can be quite difficult to decide what to do about pest control. It is important not to use harmful chemical agents, because you are growing produce that is intended to be eaten. Instead of resorting to these harmful chemicals, you can keep garden pests at bay simply by paying close attention. If you catch them when there are only a few around, you can actually pick them off the plants by hand.
To create an English garden, combine a lot of different plants in the same garden. Having plants that grow to the same height will result in a common and flat looking bed.
If sustainability and organic gardening are appealing to you, leave a portion of the property you own undeveloped to give wildlife a place to thrive. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
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. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.
Originally posted 2014-01-29 15:16:55.