Organic gardening is a rewarding hobby that anyone can enjoy, as long as they know what they’re doing. However, a beginner may find the whole experience intimidating. What is important to know about gardening for a beginner? Well, read the tips below, of course!
To be as efficient as possible in the garden, always have your tools handy. Put them into a basket you carry with you, or use an apron with many pockets and hanging loops. Keep your gloves, a trowel, small pruning shears and other tools handy and make quick work of your garden maintenance.
After sprouting occurs, you will not need to keep seeds as warm. Sprouting plants can be removed from the heat source. You can now take off any protective coverings on your plants that were there to shield them from the elements. Monitor the seeds carefully so you know the best time to do it.
Use about two to three inches of organic material as mulch in all of your flower beds. This fights weeds, retains moisture, and gives your garden valuable nutrients. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
When you are doing work in your garden, be efficient. Do not waste your time looking for tools. Prepare all of your tools prior to working in the garden, and then put them away neatly when finished. Get yourself a tool belt, or wear pants with many pockets.
When you are planning on growing a garden, you should think about the space you will need to provide a healthy growing area for your plants. It can be easy to underestimate how much space your plants will need once they begin growing. You will also need to ensure that you allow ample space around full-grown plants for air circulation. Think ahead and give each plant room for expansion, by properly spacing the seeds.
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. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
Try to use untreated wood, brick or stone and make a raised bed. Make sure the wood you use is untreated and rot resistant. The most popular options for this type of project are cypress, locust and cedar woods. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. If you’re using treated lumber, line it with a barrier, or some plastic.
Your soil will be healthier if you add mulch. Mulch will protect the soil it covers. It helps keep your soil cooler on warmer days, which protects the roots underneath. It greatly reduces water loss, keeping the soil moist with fewer waterings. It also keeps the weeds under control.
Excessive amounts of water makes it harder for plants to get the nutrients they need from the soil. Check the weather for the next couple of days to see if you actually need to water your plants. If it is going to be a wet day, you don’t need to water the plants yourself.
Organic gardening is a relaxing hobby that will give you a great sense of satisfaction. When you grow organic, you will learn much more about the planting and growing process, from A to Z.
Annually rotate your garden layout or plan. Planting the same area with the same plants year after year will lead to disease and fungus. These plant killing phenomena can lay dormant down in the dirt, waiting and willing to strike your next year’s plants. If you change things and plant your garden in a different area, you will have a way to keep fungus at bay.
Reading this article has hopefully given you some great ideas to begin your experiences in organic gardening. Properly growing your garden can involve serious relaxation and even some fun. Remember these tips to grow the perfect organic garden.