Depending on the effort you put into it, an organic garden can be a great pleasure or a great pain. If you want to be a great organic gardener, follow these hints.
If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. 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.
If you are planning to grow plants within the house, the temperature should be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees within the daylight hours. This is the optimum temperature to ensure strong growth. If you do not want to keep your home that warm during the winter months, you can get a heat lamp for the organic plants instead.
You should work efficiently, instead of working hard in your garden, to simplify things. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Keep your tools well-maintained and stored away in a designated place. That way you always know where they are and they are ready to use when you need them. Get a tool belt if you need to, or a pair of pants with a lot of pockets.
It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. To control the growth of weeds, all you need is last week’s Sunday paper. The main thing that a weed needs to thrive is sunlight. Newspapers placed atop weeds will starve them from light and they will eventually die. Old newspapers are a valuable addition to your compost heap. In order to improve its attractiveness, add one mulch layer.
A great tip when running your own organic garden, is to lightly ruffle your seedlings with your hand or cardboard, around once or twice per day. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Place a container in the ground so that the lip is even with the soil surface. Fill the jar with beer to an inch below the jar’s top. The slugs will be attracted to the beer, and will then become trapped within the jar.
Create raised beds with stone, brick or untreated wood. Any wood you use needs to be untreated and resistant to rot. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, 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 have to use treated wood, you should line it with a bit of plastic to create a barrier.
Organic gardening is a more involved form of gardening than is often realized. Every time you enjoy your vegetables, fruits, flowers or just take a satisfying glance around your garden, you’ll realize that all your efforts have been worth it. Use this information and you will be in great shape for bettering yourself in terms of organic gardening knowledge.