Organic gardening doesn’t have to be grueling work. Indeed, it can be quite enjoyable. However, for someone who does not have any experience with gardening, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. Therefore, how should a newbie get their first garden started? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. A natural area will allow beneficial birds and insects, many of which pollinate plants, to live on your property and help your garden grow stronger.
Your seeds, once they begin sprouting, don’t need the same amount of warmth as they did before. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. You should also remove plastic films that you had on your containers to keep the humidity and warmth out. You need to read the seeds to know the best time to do this.
When mulching your flower beds, aim for anywhere between two or three inches of mulch. This will help to inhibit weed growth, helps to lock in moisture, and adds needed nutrients to your organic garden. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.
Try to work as efficiently as possible when gardening. Don’t waste your time looking for missing tools. Prepare all the tools you need before you go out to work on your garden, and put them away nicely when you are done. Get yourself a tool belt, or wear pants with many pockets.
Your compost pile should contain green plant materials and dry plant materials. When you pull weeds from your garden, throw them in the compost. The same goes for vegetable trimmings and grass clippings. These are considered green materials. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Avoid ashes, meat, charcoal and diseased plants in your compost.
Do you want to get rid of weeds in a natural way? Put down old newspapers in several layers for controlling weeds. Like any other plant, weeds need to be exposed to the sun. When you put newspaper on top of weeds they will suffocate because they are not getting enough light. Old newspapers are a valuable addition to your compost heap. Covering the newspaper with mulch will help your garden to be more pleasing to the eye.
Ruffle the seedlings carefully with a piece of soft cardboard or your hands twice a day. It sounds weird, but research has shown that handling the seedling like this often will make them grow bigger than seedlings that are ignored.
Use untreated stone, brick or wood to build raised beds. If you choose to use wood to construct your bed, choose a species that is naturally resistant to rot and avoid treated wood entirely. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. If you use treated wood in your vegetable garden, the chemicals in the wood can make their way into the soil, and in turn, to your crops. If the ground cover you’ve used already contained treated lumber, line it with a barrier of some form.
With what you learned you should now feel a bit more confident when it comes to gardening, and you should think of it as an easy task to tackle now. It is quite calming and relaxing to immerse oneself in the rhythms of organic gardening. Follow the advice in this article to avoid the common pitfalls associated with organic gardening.