Organic gardening doesn’t have to be grueling work. Indeed, it can be quite enjoyable. But, if you’re just getting started, the various challenges of gardening can seem insurmountable. The question is, what can a beginner do to become knowledgeable on organic gardening? Well, you are in luck; these tips will come in handy!
Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Kids really enjoy plucking snacks directly from the ground, and may have greater enthusiasm for the work if they see the results of their labor right away.
Gardeners who are intrigued by the ideas of organic and sustainable methods should think about designating a portion of their landscape to support native plants and animals. This will also benefit your cultivated gardens as it will attract more bugs and birds to pollinate your other plants.
Have plastic bags on hand so that you may cover your muddy gardening shoes. This lets you be able to return to the garden without interrupting your work.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. While you may not be able to spend time in the garden on a daily basis, there are still many things you can do to keep things from snowballing out of control. For instance, pluck weeds while you take your dog outside or before getting in your car.
When it is time to gather your produce, you should use an older laundry basket. The basket strains the produce as well as stores it while you are going through your garden. Rinse off your produce while it’s in the laundry basket, and any excess water will be strained out through the basket’s holes.
You can make a raised bed with untreated wood, brick, or stone. For best results, you should only use wood that has not been treated with chemicals or protective coating. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Consider the chemicals that will leach out of the wood before choosing anything that has been treated. Remember the affect that such chemicals will have on your plants and soil. If the ground cover you’ve used already contained treated lumber, line it with a barrier of some form.
Consider adding mulch for healthier soil. The mulch will protect the soil underneath it. This protective effect is especially important during the summer, as it protects the roots from the effects of the heat. By reducing the evaporation rate of your soil, you will not need to water as often. It is also very good at controlling the weeds.
Too much water may hurt plants since extra water can keep roots from getting the nutrients they need from the soil. Before watering plants outdoors, check with some weather stations to find out if it will rain anytime during the day. Depending on what the weather is going to be like, you might not want to water your plants for the day.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. Having a properly grown garden can be fun and relaxing. If you remember these tips the next time you are in the garden, you will be much more successful.