If you use these principles of organic gardening, you will produce notably positive effects for your plants and your planet. It demonstrates that you want your plants to be healthy and thriving. This is a valuable attitude. As any other skill, your organic gardening skills will only grow with time and experience. Below are some tips to help.
Prepare the ground for a perennial garden quickly and easily. It isn’t as hard as it may seem; you basically just slice down under the turf, flip it over, and spread wood chips four to three inches. Wait two weeks or so, and then you are ready to jump right in with digging and planting.
Have your gardening tools near you to minimize the time spent searching for them. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants. Keep common tools such as your gloves or your pruning shears within reach so that you can quickly and easily maintain your garden whenever you need to.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. This also gives your flower beds a more aesthetic aspect.
Plastic bags can be kept on hand and reused to slip over your dirty gardening shoes. This lets you be able to return to the garden without interrupting your work.
Pine can make for a great type of mulch. There are many types of plants with a high acidity, which means they thrive in acidic soil. For such plants, pine needles function both as a handy mulch and as a soil amendment to lower the pH. If you spread a few inches of pine needles around your garden beds, when they break down, the acid they contain will leach into the soil.
Coffee grounds are a good addition to your soil. They contain nitrogenous nutrients which are essential to plant growth. Generally, nitrogen is the limiting nutrient with any plant and having a good nitrogen source either by coffee grounds, compost, or even diluted urea, will make your plants bloom faster and grow taller.
A rule of thumb for when you are planting seeds in containers is to make the hole depth around three times larger than the seed itself. You should know that certain seeds need not be covered, because they need the sunlight. Some examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure about your seed’s requirements for sunlight, the resources are often provided along with the seeds, or you can find out online.
If plants are inundated with too much water, it becomes more difficult for roots to pull nutrients out of the soil. Check the weather forecast before watering plants to see if there is rain in the near future. After reviewing the weather forecast, you can decide whether or not to spend the time and resources watering the garden.
Annually rotate your garden layout or plan. Planting the same family of plants in the same area over and over can cause disease and fungus to start growing. These things can get into the ground, and attack plants the next year. By mixing up your plants and planting them in different areas, you’ll be using a natural way to keep away any fungus and other diseases.
Plant your own garlic with organic methods. It’s best to plant garlic cloves in either spring or fall. Make sure the soil is drained well. The cloves should be planted four inches apart from one another and about one to two inches deep, with their ends pointed up. Garlic stalks can be used as they grow for chives or scallions in any recipe. Each bulb can be harvested when the top has begun to brown. The bulbs should be allowed to dry in the sunshine for a few days; the heat will harden the skin. Store the bulbs separately or tied in loose bunches in a cool place.
You now have the skills, the tools, and the equipment necessary to apply these strategies to your own organic garden. Good for you! The tips above will help you to improve your organic garden. In fact, it is possible that you came across a trick that you never would have thought of otherwise.