You can take organic gardening as a hobby, or as a science. Continue on for some good tips that will help you succeed in organic gardening.
Aspirin water has disease-prevention properties that can protect plants. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. Then spray your plants with this mixture to stave off diseases. Apply this solution to your plants every few weeks.
If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. 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.
When it is time to gather your produce, you should use an older laundry basket. Laundry baskets which have holes in them act as giant strainers for your home grown produce. Rinse your produce while it lays in the basket; any excess water strains off through the laundry basket holes.
Apply equal portions of dried plant material and green into your compost pile. Green plant material can include old flowers, fruit waste, grass clippings, vegetable waste, and leaves. Dried material includes straw, shredded paper, and cardboard. Avoid meat, ashes, charcoal, plants with diseases and manure from carnivores.
As a good general practice, you should make sure to plant your seeds three seed-widths deep into their containers. However, it is important to understand that some seeds require sunlight and should never be covered. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seeds should be covered or not, try to read the package or find the answer online.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Dig a hole the size of a glass jar, and bury the jar with the top at ground level. Fill it with beer to about one inch below the top of the jar. Slugs are attracted to the beer and become trapped in the container.
If you’d like to create a raised bed, use materials like brick, stone, or untreated wood. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Several species of trees yield suitable wood. Locust, cypress, and cedar are among the more commonly used rot resitent woods. Don’t use treated wood in a garden for vegetables because the chemicals contained in them can leak into the ground. If the ground cover you’ve used already contained treated lumber, line it with a barrier of some form.
If you sell or use organically grown produce in a commercial setting, you should communicate your commitment to natural growing by becoming certified. Having this certification will create a lot of trust with customers. People who want to eat organically will purchase from you with full confidence.
Though organic farming can present challenges that traditional farming with the use of chemicals does not, harvesting the crops is reward itself for the hard work. While chemical pesticides and fertilizers may claim to do great things for your garden, organic methods will give you the best crops possible.
Your watering schedule should flow perfectly with the seasons, yet be adjustable according to climate. There are many variables of how much water your plants need including soil, light, and outdoor temperatures. For instance, if you are in a warm and humid climate, avoid getting any water on the leaves because this will cause leaf fungus. Instead, focus water on the plant’s root system.
As illustrated above, there is more to becoming a successful organic gardener than most people first imagine. It requires patience and work, but it’s worth it to have a successful organic garden. Simply by reading through the techniques provided to you in this article, you should find yourself much more informed and capable of organic gardening.