Tending to an organic garden can be a highly rewarding and calming activity that anyone can participate in. If you are unfamiliar with gardening in general, or the specifics of organic gardening, the process may be daunting. So, how should a beginning organic gardener learn the basics? If so, keep reading. You are only minutes away from becoming a better gardener.
Consider planting strawberries, especially ones that are everbearing, for your garden if you have small children. A lot of children not only love to pick out their own fruit but they also love to learn about it as well.
A good tip to help your plants stay healthy and fight diseases is to use aspirin water. One and one half aspirin crushed and added to a two gallon container of water will be a great help for your plants. You can just spray this on them to fight disease. Apply at three week intervals.
One way to ensure efficiency while gardening is to keep your tools close by. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.
As the seeds sprout, they’ll need less warmth. Take your plants out of the heat once they start to grow. Plastic films should be removed on the containers, as that helps to keep out humidity and warmth. Watch your seeds carefully to know when you can take these steps.
Do not overlook the benefits of pine mulch for your garden. Acidic soil is a favorite of garden plants that are high in acidity. For these types of plants, pine needles are wonderful for mulching. Sprinkle the pine needles over your beds. As the needles decompose, they add to the acid level in the soil.
Spacing is one important factor in gardening. Amateur gardeners often make the mistake of failing to leave enough space for fully matured plants. Space is necessary for the plants, but air circulation is also important. Plot out all of these considerations before putting that first seed in the ground.
Do you want to kill weeds naturally? To control the growth of weeds, all you need is last week’s Sunday paper. Weeds require sunlight for growing. If you place sheets of newspaper over the weeds, they will die due to a lack of sunlight. Newspapers break down over time, and they make a great addition to compost. Add a layer of mulch on top to make it look more attractive!
When planting seeds, you should bury them three times as deep as their actual size. Some seeds shouldn’t be covered and must be in sunlight at all times. Some typical examples are petunias and ageratum. If you aren’t sure, look online or at the package.
Use untreated stone, brick or wood to build raised beds. If you are to use wood, you should make sure that the wood is not treated and is also naturally rot resistant. The best varieties include cedar, locust and cypress wood. Avoid using treated wood in an organic vegetable garden. The chemicals in the wood can leak into the soil, and eventually into the plants. If you have some space treated wood, you can still use it, however, be sure to line it with some type of barrier like plastic sheeting.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. Properly growing your garden can involve serious relaxation and even some fun. Use what you have learned, and your garden will blossom.