Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Water infused with aspirin is great for combating plant disease. Dissolve one aspirin and a half for 2 gallons of water. You can just spray this on them to fight disease. Use this method to spray your plants every three weeks.
When growing organic plants indoors, it is important to consider the amount of light that is available to them. 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 already have plants that need full light and the natural light provided is not sufficient, artificial lights can supplement their needs.
Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. You can make use of a bucket, or wear pants that have plenty of pockets. Have gloves, shears, a trowel and anything else you need handy for quick use.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. This will discourage weeds from growing, add nutrients, and retain the moisture in your garden. As an added bonus, a nice mulch can help make your garden look more finished.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. To create a beer trap, dig a hole in your garden that is the depth of a glass jar, leaving the mouth of the jar level with the soil. Fill the jar with beer within one inch of the top. Slugs are attracted to the beer and become trapped in the container.
Drowning your plants with water can kill them! It will stop your plant’s roots from being able to obtain any nutritional goodness out of its surrounding soil Before heading out to water your plants, check the weather to see if rain is included in the immediate forecast. If the weather forecast calls for rain, it’s probably wise to not water your plants that day.
Rotate where you plant each type of plant each year. For example, if you usually plant corn in one area of your garden and flowers in another, switch which plant is planted in each section. If you keep planting the same thing in a particular area every year, it can cause a buildup of disease in the soil. These diseases can build up in the soil, reinfecting your plants the next year. Rotating the types of plants that you grow will help to keep the fungi and diseases from gaining a foothold.
Grow garlic. You should plant garlic cloves in either early spring or late fall. Your soils should be well-drained. Plant them an inch or two below the soil line with the pointed end facing the sky. Each clove should be around 4 inches from the one beside it. While they are growing and still green, the shoots can be used like scallions or chives. The bulbs are ripe for harvesting when the tops area turns brown. Harden the skin by setting the bulb in the sun, it usually takes several days. The garlic may then be stored within a cool location tied together in bunches or simply loose.
When you are organically growing tomatoes, try planting only some seeds at once; then go back and plant an additional set of seeds in three weeks. If you plant everything at the same time, you will have an overabundance followed by nothing. This will also prevent you from losing an entire harvest if some type of problem arises that kills off a batch.
Open your mind to the diverse environments that can be created in your garden space. You will notice more wildlife if you have diverse plants. Plant lots of plant varieties to make the garden more similar to a natural environment. By doing this, your garden will have a nice appeal to it, and you can relax knowing you’ve done something good for the earth.
Start using these tips to grow your own organic food and help preserve the environment. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.