If you want to embrace a healthier lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, organic gardening is the way to go. Taking care of a garden does require effort in order to make things grow. You probably do not know how to go about growing an organic garden on your own.
If you’re thinking about growing your own organic garden, then you might want to consider keeping a bit of your property undeveloped; this way wildlife can flourish. You will see many of the birds and insects that are present will assist in pollination and plant production, helping to create a much better garden.
If you are growing plants organically indoors, you have to consider the light that they are getting. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. You could also consider using grow-lights for this exact purpose.
Be efficient when working in your garden. It’s frustrating to search for a tool for a half hour. Prepare all the tools you need before you go out to work on your garden, and put them away nicely when you are done. Even something like a carpenter’s tool belt or some cargo jeans work well to keep tools organized.
When the time comes to harvest your produce, collect it using an old laundry basket. A laundry basket will act as a strainer for your produce. You can rinse your produce off while it is in the basket, and the excess water will strain through the holes of your laundry basket.
Consider solving your weed problem without the use of toxic chemicals. Take layers of newspapers and use them for weed control. Weeds need sunlight to grow. If the weeds have already sprouted, you can place the newspapers over them and they will die due to lack of sunlight. Newspapers easily break down over a period of time, and eventually become a portion of the compost. One way to enhance the appearance of your garden if you are using newspapers is to add an additional layer of mulch.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Bury a jar in the garden with it’s mouth open and level to the ground. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. The slugs will be drawn to the beer and then drown in the jar.
It is a good idea to get organic garden certification so as to reaffirm your claims that your products really are organic. This will not only increase sales, but it will demonstrate to your customers that your products are legitimate and that you are doing what it takes to grow the best crops.
Be aware of the location you are in, and the seasonal and climate changes that occur. Make sure that you adjust your watering cycles to match these changes. There are many variables of how much water your plants need including soil, light, and outdoor temperatures. As an example, do not water your plant’s leaves if you live in a humid climate since this will most likely result in leaf fungus. Water the roots with care.
Over-watering plants is counterproductive, as too much water reduces plants’ ability to absorb nutrients from the surrounding soil. Before watering your plants outdoors, check to see if there is rain in the forecast. If the weather forecast calls for rain, it’s probably wise to not water your plants that day.
So, as you have seen, it is true that organic gardening requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. You are also aware now that dedication and consistency will go a long way toward success. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic gardening.