Organic growing is becoming more popular due to the questionable effects of toxins and pesticides on the body and the environment. Organic gardening is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. Turn over the soil in your garden so it will be soft and easy to plant before spreading wood chips around your garden. Let the area sit for a couple weeks, then begin digging into it and planting your new perennials.
Have all of your tools available to you as you garden to increase efficiency. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants. Have gloves, small shears, a trowel and any other tools you may need on hand to make it simpler to maintain your garden.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. Watch your seeds closely to know how to go about this.
Tuck away some plastic grocery bags and use them to slip over your muddy boots. This lets you be able to return to the garden without interrupting your work.
Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Your green material can be made up of produce waste, used floral arrangements, lawn cuttings, leaves, and other yard waste. Your dried material can be things such as sawdust, paper shreds, wood shavings, straw and cardboard. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. Put down old newspapers in several layers for controlling weeds. Like any other plant, weeds need to be exposed to the sun. When you put newspaper on top of weeds they will suffocate because they are not getting enough light. Newspapers break down nicely over time to become part of the compost. You can then add a mulch layer right on top so that it looks more attractive.
The correct depth for planting seeds in containers is triple the seed’s size. There are exceptions, however. Some types of seeds require more direct sunlight than others, and as such they should not be fully covered. Example of these kinds of seeds include the petunia and the ageratum. The directions for how to handle the seeds will usually be found on the seed’s package. You can also find this information online.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. A flourishing organic garden will also be an open invitation to some very interesting creatures of the wild that you can look forward to seeing.