Are you scared of what chemicals lurk in commercial fertilizer or pesticides? No longer worrying about these toxic chemicals is just one of the many benefits of gardening organically. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
It is important to keep the temperature set between 65 and 75 degrees, if you wish to raise plants in the home. They need the temperature to be that warm so that they can grow. If you think it would not be comfortable to keep your residence that warm in the winter, consider purchasing a heat lamp to use on the plants.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. Doing this keeps weeds down, keeps the moisture in your plants, and gives more nutrients to the plants. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.
Try not to let the chores associated to your organic garden build up. If you’re too busy to do all those little things each day, there are some small steps you can take to not have all that work build up on you. You can pull a few weeds when you take your dog outside.
When creating a compost pile, use dried plant materials and green plants in equal parts. Add grass clippings, waste from fruits and vegetables, leaves, and weeds for the green materials in your compost pile. Your dried material can be things such as sawdust, paper shreds, wood shavings, straw and cardboard. Avoid using ashes, charcoal, diseased plants and meat-eating animal manure.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
If you are building a raised bed utilize stone, brick or wood that is untreated. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Excellent choices are cedar, locust and cypress. Never use compost from treated woods in a veggie garden; the chemicals can contaminate your food. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
If you want to sell your crops, you should become a certified organic gardener. This can increase your sales and also prove to your customers that they are getting the best produce out there.
Utilizing the advice provided in this article in your organic gardening efforts will produce great results. You will quickly see your garden becoming more productive and healthy, while being free of toxins. A flourishing organic garden will also be an open invitation to some very interesting creatures of the wild that you can look forward to seeing.