If you want to be an organic gardener, you need a green thumb, but more importantly, you need a lot of patience. When you enjoy this hobby, you often have a goal of growing healthier foods for your family to enjoy. This particular hobby may not be as easy as it sounds. Read on for suggestions on what you will need to start gardening like a pro.
Protect the soil around your vegetable plants with an inch or two of organic mulch. Mulch will retain water so that you won’t have to water your plants as often. It also keeps weeds from growing. This can prevent you from having to constantly pull weeds.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. In order to relieve stress on your knees when horticulture, always use a small garden stool to be more comfortable. There is also a lot of heavy lifting involved with horticulture, so a good wheelbarrow is a great tool to have around.
Prevent damage from the sun by making sure you dress correctly whenever you go outside to garden. Always apply sunscreen with an adequate SPF level. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes. Finally, throw on a wide-brimmed hat to protect your scalp. When you protect yourself against the sun’s rays, you are more likely to avoid both skin cancer and sunburn.
Have your tools for horticulture nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with gardening. Wear pants with multiple pockets or use a toolbox or large bucket. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.
Make horticulture efficient. Don’t waste your time by searching high and low for that packet of seeds or spade. Have all of tools you will need for the day before you head out your garden. When you are finished, put them away neatly for the next time. You can keep your garden tools in a tool belt, or in your pockets. Another good idea is to keep them all in a bucket that you carry around with you.
Put coffee ground into your soil. Coffee grounds are filled with nutritional elements plants need, such as nitrogen. Using coffee grounds or any other source of nitrogen contributes to the growth of taller, fuller blooms.
One unusual tip in organic horticulture, 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. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
Slugs are a nuisance that can be easily remedied with the use of an organic beer tramp. Bury a jar in the garden with it’s mouth open and level to the ground. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
To garden properly in an organic fashion, requires a lot of patience, a lot of elbow grease and even more know-how. This is a great hobby that uses your land to grow food. If you want to make the most of your clean, green, organic garden, you should put your new skills to the test.