People who start doing organic gardening do so because they don’t like toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the most of your garden.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. 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.
When your seeds sprout, they will not be in need of the warmth they needed to germinate. As your plants grow, you will want to put a little distance between them and heat. It is wise to take plastic covers off of the containers in order to eliminate humidity and excess heat. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you know when to remove the films.
Be efficient when working in your garden. Don’t waste time searching for lost tools. Prepare your equipment before you go into the garden and put everything away afterwards. It may be necessary to don a tool belt or cargo pants with extra pockets.
Use plastic bags to cover muddy gardening shoes. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. If you can’t get out in your garden every day, there are still a number of things you can do to keep things from falling into disarray during your absence. For example, while your canine is outside going to the toilet, take the time to pull out a few weeds.
An old laundry basket works great for gathering produce from your garden. This laundry basket can be used as a type of strainer for all your produce. If you leave your produce in the basket while rinsing it, the basket will be able to serve as a strainer, with the extra water dripping out the holes in the bottom of the basket.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Don’t throw charcoal, meat or manure into your compost.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
While it’s harder to grow organically than chemically, the rewards are much better. Though the use of chemicals has its own benefits, organic farming is a rewarding experience that ends with natural, healthy produce.
Garlic can be simple to grow organically. Plant single garlic cloves during the spring or fall seasons in soil that is moist and well-drained. Space the clove about four inches apart, with the pointy end up and about one or two inches deep. You can cut green garlic shoots while they grow, you can then use them in place of scallions and chives. When the bulbs begin turning brown on top, they are ready for harvesting. Leave the bulbs out the sunshine for a few days until the skin gets hard. Store the cloves in a cool area. They can be tied or left loose.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. When your garden works with nature, you will also be able to notice an increase in the number of wildlife inhabiting your garden.