If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
Get your children interested in helping with your organic garden. You can provide a good learning experience that your children can appreciate the more they learn on how to grow healthy produce.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. Wait two weeks, then dig in and plant the new perennials.
Pine is a mulch that is great. A number of plants commonly grown in garden settings do best in an acidic soil. For such plants, pine needles function both as a handy mulch and as a soil amendment to lower the pH. Cover the beds with a couple inches of needles and as they decompose, they will disperse acid to the soil.
Add coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. Coffee grounds are full of nitrogenous nutrients that growing plants need. The more nitrogen you have in the soil, the greater the growth of your plants will be, so adding grounds or compost will ensure your plants grow large very quickly.
Use an old laundry basket to collect your produce. A benefit of using something like a laundry basket is that it can strain for you, as well as hold a large amount of produce. You can clean and rinse the harvest when it is the laundry basket and the water will go out of the holes.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Green means plant cuttings including grass, produce and weeds. Your dried material can be things such as sawdust, paper shreds, wood shavings, straw and cardboard. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? A layer of newspaper, several pages thick, placed over the ground will do the trick. Weeds can only grow when there is adequate sunlight. When you place layers of newspapers on top of them, the weeds will suffocate from the lack of light. Because newspapers decompose well with the passage of time, they make great additions to compost. If you want it to look better, just add a layer or two of much over top of the newspapers.
It is a great idea to help your garden by ruffling seedlings, either with cardboard or with your own hands, a couple of times each day. Believe it or not, aerating the soil in this manner can actually make your seedlings grow larger.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.