Today, organic gardening is an incredibly popular hobby and career that is emerging. The demand for products that come from organic grown plants and crops is numerous. Now is the time to enter into it. Here are some tips that you can use to get started with your organic gardening strategies.
When designing a garden area of your yard, a good place to start is with a tree or hedge as the anchor or structural foundation to your garden. Plant grasses and perennials around the taller centerpiece plant to add texture, color and flow. In time, these plants will fill out as they grow and look splendid against the taller trees or shrubs in the background.
Feed your plants. The way your plants are growing can tell you what nutrients are lacking and need replacing. Some plants take up a lot of nutrients early in the growing season and quickly need a new supply. Look for signs of deficiency such as yellowing leaves and stunted growth. Feed the plant with a general purpose fertilizer, unless it has specific requirements. Foliage plants, for instance, prefer a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen.
Use a sanitary laundry basket to pick your fruit and vegetable harvest. They are reusable and already have holes so you can rinse the dirt and debris off your yields. It acts like a strainer and will replace the function of wood baskets. Save money and stay green at the same time.
If your garden requires a lot of low work, then save yourself some strain by investing in knee pads. Weeding, watering and picking through your vegetation can cause a lot of damage to your knees if left unprotected. Buy yourself a pair of knee pads to use in the garden to cushion and protect your knees.
When gardening, it is important that you protect your ears. If you can not hear someone around you while you are working with machinery, than the sound can be damaging to your ears. An easy way to help alleviate this problem is to wear ear plugs when using loud machinery.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. If you don’t do this, you could cause unnecessary skin irritations, which are very painful. Ensure that your body is protected by always following instructions.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. These pesticides can kill the useful insects that work as predators to pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to toxic pesticides than their annoying counterparts, so a broad-spectrum pesticide could kill all of the good bugs first, allowing the population of bad pests to multiply. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
You should now see why this hobby and career is very popular. There is a lot that you can do in it. There is lots of information on how to start enjoying the benefits of it. By following these tips, you are well on your way to becoming a successful organic gardener.