When you take time to apply proper organic gardening techniques and products, it really does show. It proves you care about growing healthy plants. This is a valuable attitude. As with any activity requiring a certain set of skills, you can continuously improve and develop your organic gardening skills. Read this article to become a better gardener.
If you’re working to build a sustainable organic garden, try leaving a portion of your garden untouched so that the wildlife will be able to thrive. You will find that many of the supporting cast of insects and birds that aid in plant production and pollination will be present on your land and actually help your developed gardens to produce better.
Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. This is the optimum temperature to ensure strong growth. If you don’t like keeping your home that temperature in the winter, you may wish to consider getting a heat lamp, instead, to keep your organic plants the correct temperature.
The optimal amount of organic mulch to use in your flower beds is 2-3 inches. This is a simple method of discouraging weeds, retaining moisture, and adding excellent nutrients into the garden. It will also increase the visual appeal of the flower beds.
For some plants, pine needles makes an ideal mulch. Some garden plants have a high acidity, and prefer acidic soil. If your garden contains plants like this, there are few things simpler than spreading some pine needles across your beds. Cover soil beds with a few inches of pine needles, and they will disperse acidity to the soil below as they decompose.
When it is harvest time, use a laundry basket. An old basket will act like a strainer does. Rinse your produce while it lays in the basket; any excess water strains off through the laundry basket holes.
Do you want to get rid of weeds in a natural way? Pile newspapers on top of each other to kill weeds. Weeds must have sunlight in order to grow. By placing newspaper over them, they will not get light and suffocate. Newspapers easily break down over a period of time, and eventually become a portion of the compost. Put mulch over top to increase the attractiveness of the pile.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.
A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Place a jar into the soil so that the top of it’s mouth rests parallel with the soil. After you have placed the jar in the soil, fill with beer to approximately one inch of the top. Slugs will be attracted by the beer and fall into the jar.
While organic gardening costs more and requires more effort, the produce that will come out of your garden will be healthier for you. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.
Depending on the season and weather, adjust your watering habits. The watering depth and temperature depends mainly on the time you water them and the soil they are planted in. In warm climates with high humidity, for instance, plants often develop fungal infections when water is applied to the leaves. Make sure that your root system is well-watered.
You now have the knowledge necessary to taking care of an organic garden. This is great news! The suggestions outlined above will help you learn new tips about organic gardening techniques because the learning never stops. You might find some new techniques that you can test out in your garden.