More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. A lot of organic gardening strategies are cheap. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
Let your children be involved in your organic gardening efforts. The benefits for your children will be a closer bond with nature and an understanding of where food comes from.
A great way to ensure that your organic garden will do well is to keep a section of your land unspoiled. The natural wildlife will spring up and make for a perfect organic habitat. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.
To be more efficient when working in your organic garden, have your tools close at hand. You have several options including using a bucket to hold your tools or wearing pants with lots of sturdy pockets. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Using coffee grounds as part of your soil mixture in your garden is often advised for healthy plants. Coffee grounds will add nitrogen to your soil which will make them helpful for some of your plants. Coffee grounds as a source of nitrogen for plants are usually limited to acid-loving plants because coffee is acidic. Nitrogen is a nutrient that will help your plants grow taller and bloom faster, so use those coffee grounds, extra compost, or diluted urea to make this happen.
The correct depth for planting seeds in containers is triple the seed’s size. You should know that certain seeds need not be covered, because they need the sunlight. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. 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.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. Take a glass jar and bury it in your garden, making sure that the lip of the jar is even with the soil. Fill the jar with beer to an inch below the jar’s top. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and find themselves trapped.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.