The main reason people decide to go organic when gardening is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. Organic gardening is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. Simplify the process by putting a bit of wax onto the shovel. The clay won’t stick then. The clay won’t stick to it, and the end will not rust as an added bonus.
Select plant varieties capable of producing large yields. Normally, hybrid plants that are disease-resistant and cold-tolerant have a greater yield than traditional varieties.
Having healthy soil in your garden will help your plants avoid insect pests. Healthy plants grown in robust and enriched soil have an advantage in fighting pest infestation. To increase your garden’s likelihood of producing strong and healthy plants, use high-quality soil containing minuscule amounts of chemicals, which will eventually collect salts.
There’s no need for chemical intervention if you discover powdery mildew on leaves. Combine a bit of liquid soap and some baking soda with water. Then, spray this mixture onto all of your infected plants once each week till the mildew is gone. Do not worry about your plants; the baking soda cannot harm them.
Soak the seeds and store in a dark area overnight. Put some seeds (a small amount) in a container that isn’t too large for the plant you’ll be growing. Fill that container with water, almost to the top. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. The seeds will most likely have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Vegetables should be placed in a spot in your garden that will get about six hours of sun every day. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. This is also true for some flowers.
Get gardening knee pads if you have low-growing plants. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. Investing in good knee pads will help cushion your knees so you are more comfortable.
Aerate and dry your plants each day. If you have excess moisture, this can attract bugs or diseases. A fungus is one of the most important and debilitating parasites for plants. Fungi can be controlled with fungicide sprays, but it is important to treat your area with the spray, before you see any problems.
Buy a wheelbarrow and kneeling stool to work with in the garden. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. Horticulture also requires transporting heavy objects and lots of dirt, so purchasing a wheelbarrow can be a very smart investment.
When you boil vegetables, use the leftover water on your potted plants. For gardenias and rhododendrons, try putting your used coffee grounds or tea bags in the soil so they may acquire the acid they need for proper growth. Chamomile tea is a good remedy against fungus.
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 is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.