Organic gardening is as old as human cultivation but many people are just discovering the benefits. With the use of our simple advice, you will quickly learn how to get started with a thriving organic garden of your own. Just use these ideas and follow through with them.
If you choose to use organic methods to care for your houseplants, you should bear in mind that certain plants require more sunlight than others. Ideally, these plants should be kept in a room that offers natural light from a window or glass door. If the type of plant does not help, you can always use lights to help.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. Simple slice into the soil with a spade, flip the turf, and mulch the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips. Let the area sit for a couple weeks, then begin digging into it and planting your new perennials.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. Locate your plants further from your heat source as they mature. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container. Watch your seeds carefully to know when you can take these steps.
Planted flowers will benefit from organic materials that are built up to as much as three inches. This will prevent weeds from growing, retain humidity, and feed your plants with the nutrients they need. A layer of mulch also creates a more attractive appearance.
Store a few plastic bags near your garden to slip on over your dirty gardening shoes. Doing this prevents lengthy work interruptions, and allows you to finish the job quickly.
One of the most important things to consider when plotting your garden is to make note of your available space. It is easy to underestimate the amount of space that the plants will take up once they start to grow. Proper spacing is important not just to accommodate the plants’ sizes but also for air circulation. Make sure that you map out your garden layout beforehand and place your seeds with an adequate amount of space in between each.
Do you want to know how to kill weeds in a natural way? A layer of newspaper, several pages thick, placed over the ground will do the trick. Weeds require sunlight to grow. When you place layers of newspapers on top of them, the weeds will suffocate from the lack of light. Newspapers also break down over time, becoming part of your compost. Of course, you may wish to cover the paper with mulch to make it appear more attractive.
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. This probably sounds like an odd recommendation, but research has shown that this technique encourages more plant growth, than no petting at all.
As mentioned earlier, it will take time and effort to achieve the goals you have for your organic garden. Patience will be required. The above tips will help you make a wonderful garden. There are a huge number of plants to grow, and with these tips, you’ll succeed no matter which plants you ultimately choose.