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Increase Your Gardening Skills Through These Great Organic Gardening Tips!

Include your children in your efforts to organic gardening. Helping a garden grow is an excellent learning experience for kids, and it allows your family to spend time together while creating healthy, nutritious foods.

If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. For kids, there are few things as fun as picking fruit fresh from the garden. Your children will be much more interesting in helping out if they know they’ll get to enjoy some tasty strawberries.

If you’re growing indoor organic plants, you should ensure that you think about how much light is available for them. If your house or apartment doesn’t get a lot of natural light, one option is to grow something that only requires medium or low light. If your plants still need more light, there are always artificial light sources that you can use.

Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. You should use a large pail and wear sturdy pants that have several pockets. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.

Pine Needles

Pine needles should not be overlooked as a great source for mulch. Some plants have a naturally high acidic level, and therefore like acidic soil. If your garden contains plants like this, there are few things simpler than spreading some pine needles across your beds. Spread the needles over the beds in a layer that is approximately 2-inches deep. Over time, the needles will begin to decay, supplying the soil with acid as they do.

Avoid allowing chores in your organic garden stack up. While you may not be able to spend a lot of time every day in your garden, even little items done daily will stop the mountain of work from growing. While you are with your pet outside, pull some weeds while the pet does its business.

In your compost, use green and dried plants in equal parts. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. Sawdust, straw, cardboard, paper and wood pulp are all examples of dried plant material. Don’t throw charcoal, meat or manure into your compost.

One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.

Regulate the amount and timing of watering, to the specific climate and its seasonal variations. The watering depth and temperature depends mainly on the time you water them and the soil they are planted in. In a warm and humid climate you should avoid watering the plant itself. Wet leaves promote the growth of leaf fungi. You have to make sure to water the root system.

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