While organic gardening is a wonderful way to relax, it can also be a source of stress. The following advice will show you how to grow an organic garden successfully.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. Your children will enjoy being able to pick strawberries and will be ready to help you if they can get something sweet to eat.
Add aspirin to your plants to help them fight sickness. One and one half aspirin crushed and added to a two gallon container of water will be a great help for your plants. Then spray your plants with this mixture to stave off diseases. Apply at three week intervals.
If you want to start a small organic garden indoors, evaluate the amount of natural light that is present. If your windows are small or receive little light due to their positioning, a plant that requires little sunlight will be more comfortable and healthy. If you want to grow a plant which requires more light, you can invest in grow-lights.
It can be easy to prepare the soil in a perennial garden. Slice under the grass with a spade, flip the layer you have lifted over, and spread three inches of wood chips on top. You want to then give the area about a couple of weeks, then you want your new perennials planted by digging into it.
After your seeds begin to sprout, it is not as important to keep them warm. As your plants grow, move them away from the source of heat. Take off any plastic that is on the containers to keep away from warmth and moisture. Keep a close watch on your seeds to know when to do this.
Use approximately two or three inches of natural, organic material as some mulch in every single flower bed. 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.
An old laundry basket makes a great way to gather your harvest. Laundry baskets which have holes in them act as giant strainers for your home grown produce. You can rinse your produce off while it is in the basket, and the excess water will strain through the holes of your laundry basket.
Do you want to kill weeds naturally? Take newspapers and layer them for controlling weeds. Without exposure to the sun, weeds cannot thrive. When you place layers of newspapers on top of them, the weeds will suffocate from the lack of light. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. Put mulch over top to increase the attractiveness of the pile.
For container planting, be sure to plant your seeds at a depth around three times the radius of the seed. However, you should always know that some seeds cannot be covered, even the slightest bit, because they need to be in direct sunlight. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. If you do now know how to plant your seed, consult the information that came with the seed when you bought it or check online for helpful information.
If slugs are a problem in your garden, use a beer trap to kill them naturally. Get a clean, empty glass jar to use as a trap. Bury it with its mouth facing upwards. Keep putting dirt over the jar until the mouth is at the surface of your garden. Fill this jar up with beer almost entirely. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and find themselves trapped.
In conclusion, there are more aspects of organic gardening than one would originally think. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. By applying the advice of the preceding paragraphs, you’ll set sail for a beautiful organic gardening horizon.