Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. That said, beginners often find it hard to get comfortable with the rhythms of organic gardening. So, what exactly should a novice learn and do when they want to start growing plants? This article will give you some great ideas to begin.
Have all of your tools available to you as you garden to increase efficiency. Keep the tools in a big bucket, or store them in strong pockets in your pants. Have gloves, shears, a trowel and anything else you need handy for quick use.
When your plants begin to sprout, they can survive in somewhat cooler temperatures. Take your plants out of the heat once they start to grow. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. Monitor the seeds carefully so you know the best time to do it.
Looking for a natural way to kill weeds in your garden? To control the growth of weeds, all you need is last week’s Sunday paper. Weeds can only grow in sunlight. The layers of newspaper will kill the weeds because they no longer receive any sunlight. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. Try adding some mulch on top of it to make appear more attractive.
When planting seeds in containers, remember that the depth should be at least three times bigger than the seed. However, you should always know that some seeds cannot be covered, even the slightest bit, because they need to be in direct sunlight. Ageratum and petunias fall into this category. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seeds should be covered or not, try to read the package or find the answer online.
Slugs are a nuisance that can be easily remedied with the use of an organic beer tramp. Bury a glass jar in your garden so that its open mouth is level with the top of the soil. Next, fill up the jar with beer until there is around one inch between the liquid level and the jar top. Slugs will crawl into the jar to get the beer and not be able to get out again.
Construct raised flower beds of brick, stone, or wood. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. Cypress, locust and cedar are all very good choices. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
Now that you have read this article, you know why organic gardening is such a fun activity. Taking care of a garden is a fun and relaxing experience. These tips are your key to becoming a top-flight organic gardener.