If you want to be an organic gardener, you need a green thumb, but more importantly, you need a lot of patience. It is an activity that has a goal of growing fresh, nutritious food that is free of pesticides. Easier than it sounds though, correct? These tips will help you grow like a professional does.
Let your children be involved in your organic gardening efforts. Gardens are terrific teaching tools for kids, and provide great opportunities for interaction, growth, and instruction on healthy living.
You must consider how much light is available when starting your plants indoors. If your house or apartment doesn’t get a lot of natural light, one option is to grow something that only requires medium or low light. If you want to grow a plant which requires more light, you can invest in grow-lights.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. It isn’t as hard as it may seem; you basically just slice down under the turf, flip it over, and spread wood chips four to three inches. You want to then give the area about a couple of weeks, then you want your new perennials planted by digging into it.
Try not to let the chores associated to your organic garden build up. If your busy life prevents you from tending your garden every day, do small tasks to avoid having so much work when you do have some time. Take the time to do a little weeding or something else that needs to be done each time you have to be outside keeping an eye on your dog, which for some can be several times a day.
Use an old laundry basket to bring your fresh produce in from the garden. The basket will make a great strainer when you wash your vegetables. The produce can be rinsed off as it sits in the laundry basket, and extra water will drain out through the sides.
Would you like to kill those obnoxious weeds naturally? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Weeds need sunlight to grow. Newspapers placed atop weeds will starve them from light and they will eventually die. You can use newspapers because of how nicely they break down, they can be added into compost. Use mulch on the top in order to make everything look attractive.
A good way to plant seeds is in containers. Plant them three times as deep as their overall size. However, it is important to understand that some seeds require sunlight and should never be covered. Two of the common examples are petunias and ageratum. If you aren’t sure, look online or at the package.
When maintaining your organic garden, try lightly petting your seedlings — either with the palm of your hand or something like a sheet of cardboard — once or twice each day. It may sound a little odd to do this, but there is actually proven research that shows this helps the plants grow.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. Consider the chemicals that will leach out of the wood before choosing anything that has been treated. Remember the affect that such chemicals will have on your plants and soil. If you have built a bed with treated lumber already, use a barrier such as plastic to line the bed.
If you need to prove to customers that your produce is legitimately organic, you can become certified as an organic grower. Having certification will increase your sales and verify to your customers that what you are selling is the best produce available.
Gardening of any type can be a great hobby that helps you to feel more at one with the earth, but organic gardening is especially good at this. When you grow organic, you will learn much more about the planting and growing process, from A to Z.
Organic gardening combines hard work, patience and nature. This hobby makes good use of your land to produce tasty vegetables and fruits. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.