You can take organic gardening as a hobby, or as a science. Here are some suggestions to get you on the right path to successful organic gardening.
It is simple to prepare your garden for perennial flowers. You just need to use your garden spade for slicing underneath the turf, then flip it, and finally spread about three or four inch deep piles of wood chips. Wait two weeks or so, and then you are ready to jump right in with digging and planting.
Sprouting seeds need less warmth than before. Locate your plants further from your heat source as they mature. Uncover your containers; the plastic wrap traps humidity, so you need to remove it to stop your plants from overheating. Unless you closely monitor your seedlings, you may not move them in time.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. Not only will you be adding nutrients, but weeds will be less likely to grow and moisture will be retained more easily. This will also make your flowers appear beautiful and finished all year long.
When you are doing work in your garden, be efficient. Wasting time finding tools is inefficient gardening. Before you make a trip to your garden, you should gather all tools and items in advance. Afterwards, be sure to return them to their original storage place. If you need, use a tool belt or even pants that have quite a few pockets.
Pine is a surprisingly good source of mulch. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. If you have acid loving plants, use pine needles as a mulch. Cover your beds with two inches of needles; acid will be dispersed into the soil as they decompose.
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. You may think it odd, but studies show that this action results in plant growth that is more substantial than would otherwise be achieved.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. Take a glass jar and bury it in your garden, making sure that the lip of the jar is even with the soil. Fill the jar with beer to an inch below the jar’s top. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and find themselves trapped.
If you’d like to create a raised bed, use materials like brick, stone, or untreated wood. Be sure that any wood you use isn’t chemically treated, and will be able to resist rot naturally. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. Using untreated wood is especially important for veggie gardens, because chemicals from treated wood could leach into the soil, affecting your food. If you already have treated lumber in use, line it with some plastic and replace the soil near it.
Change how much you water your plants with the changing of the seasons. You should also adjust your watering habits if the temperature or amount of rainfall changes dramatically. There are many variables of how much water your plants need including soil, light, and outdoor temperatures. In some cases, you can’t water because of climate issues. You can’t water the leave of your plants during humid, warm weather–it’ll promote the growth of leaf fungus. Instead, aim to water the root system only.
Organic gardening is far more complex than it seems. It requires a lot of work and patience, but it will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful organic garden. The ideas presented above should help you hone your skills and reap a great harvest from your organic garden.