Organic gardening may provide you with a great way to relax and enjoy your time, or it can be quite a nonproductive hassle. If you want to be a great organic gardener, follow these hints.
Strawberries are a great plant to grow in any organic garden, especially if you happen to have kids or any strawberry lover in your home. Children love to snap up these sweet juicy fruits for themselves and will be much more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.
Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.
Work properly in your garden. Don’t waste your time looking for missing tools. Have all of tools you will need for the day before you head out your garden. When you are finished, put them away neatly for the next time. One way to keep your tools handy is to use a belt especially designed to hold them. An alternative is to wear a garment with multiple pockets that are big enough to hold your more commonly used tools.
Pine needles should not be overlooked as a great source for mulch. Some garden plants have a high acidity, and prefer acidic soil. When you have plants like this, nothing is easier than to gather pine needles for your beds. Spread a few inches of pine needles on your organic beds so that it will put the acid into your soil.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. While you may not be able to spend a lot of time every day in your garden, even little items done daily will stop the mountain of work from growing. If you are outside with your dog, pluck a few weeds while your dog is taking care of his business.
In an organic garden, ruffle any seedlings with a piece of cardboard, or even your hand, a couple times each day. It sounds weird, but research has shown that handling the seedling like this often will make them grow bigger than seedlings that are ignored.
If you’d like to improve the health of your soil, try adding some mulch. Mulch can give your soil some additional protection and nourishment. It prevents soil temperature from getting too warm on hot, sunny days, which protects your plants’ roots. The layer of mulch will also minimize evaporation, reducing your need to water as frequently as you would a garden without mulch. Mulch is also excellent for keeping weeds at bay.
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. While it does take hard work and patience, a wonderful organic garden will be the end result and that will always be worth the effort. The groundwork of information contained in this article should get you off to a good start.