The more you get into it, the more you may realize that organic gardening can be a little on the complicated side. For instance, you have to know certain things like pH balance in soil or things that can fend off bugs naturally when you get into gardening. Organic gardening is way harder than traditional gardening for beginners. Be sure you learn to be a pro by using the tips laid out below.
It’s simple to lay a new perennial bed. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary. To prepare the garden, slice out sheets of turf using the spade, and flip the turf upside down. Then, cover the newly turned soil with wood chips, approximately three inches deep. After a few weeks, you may then utilize the area to plant your flowers.
To be most efficient in your gardening, always keep 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.
Work efficiently in your garden. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Set up the tools you will need for your day prior to hitting the garden, then put them away neatly at the end of your gardening session. Invest in a tool belt or wear pants that have lots of pockets.
Within your composting heap, ensure that there is an equal split of dried and green plant materials. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. Dried plant material comprises shredded paper, cardboard, sawdust, and straw. Never put meat in your compost or even the waste from your family pets. These can harbor diseases that won’t be killed by the composting process.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? You can place newspaper in several layers, and it will help control your weeds. Weeds cannot grow without light. With layers of newspaper on them, the weeds are not going to have light, and therefore will not grow. Newspapers easily break down over a period of time, and eventually become a portion of the compost. Add a layer of mulch on top to make it look more attractive!
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. You should know that certain seeds need not be covered, because they need the sunlight. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are not sure whether your seeds need to be exposed to sunlight, resources are usually provided with the seeds or can be found online.
A beer trap can help to eradicate slugs. Bury a single glass jar with the open mouth level with your soil in the garden. Next, fill up the jar with beer until there is around one inch between the liquid level and the jar top. The scent of the beer will bait the slugs into the jar and they will become trapped.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.