There are many different reasons for adopting organic gardening methods. For example, some people prefer to use organic gardening to cultivate edibles for the dinner table. Much patience and effort are required though, in order to produce a successful and flourishing organic garden. You might be wondering where you need to start to have your very own organic garden.
When you are organic gardening, ask your children to lend a hand. A garden can provide a wonderful learning experience for children, and will give you an opportunity to bond with them while you produce healthy food.
One way to create a great organic garden is to allow for a portion of your yard to be undeveloped for wildlife. This is a great natural way to allow the insects and animals found in nature to assist with the growth of your garden.
Your seeds, once they begin sprouting, don’t need the same amount of warmth as they did before. Take your plants out of the heat once they start to grow. Plastic films should be removed on the containers, as that helps to keep out humidity and warmth. Unless you closely monitor your seedlings, you may not move them in time.
Use about two to three inches of organic material as mulch in all of your flower beds. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden. As an added bonus, a nice mulch can help make your garden look more finished.
Make the most of the time spent in your garden. One of the biggest time wasters is not keeping track of your tools and having to look for them every time you need them. Before you start work in the garden, make sure you have the necessary tools, and always remember to put them away when you are finished. Get yourself a tool belt, or wear pants with many pockets.
When the time comes to harvest your produce, collect it using an old laundry basket. It makes a great strainer for your vegetables. Rinse your produce while it lays in the basket; any excess water strains off through the laundry basket holes.
Use equal parts of green and dried plant material in your compost pile. Green plant material consists of spent flowers, veggie and fruit waste, leaves, weeds, and grass clippings. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, 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. This sounds like total nonsense, but there is research suggesting that it does promote plant growth relative to unpetted plants.
If slugs are a problem in your garden, use a beer trap to kill them naturally. Take a glass jar and bury it in your garden, making sure that the lip of the jar is even with the soil. Next, add beer to the jar until it’s about nearly full, with somewhere around an inch of space remaining. Beer is especially attractive to slugs; they will lured to it and trapped.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. The best varieties include cedar, locust and cypress wood. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
So, as you have seen, it is true that organic gardening requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. It also holds true, that if you want to see results, you need to keep putting effort into it. Keeping the aforementioned tips in mind, you are well on your way to becoming successful with organic gardening.