As the trend of organic gardening becomes more popular, so do holistic lifestyles. When you choose this form of lifestyle, then you opt for growing herbs and other things solely for beneficial reasons and you always aim for organic growing techniques. The following advice below helps to improve organic gardening skills.
Coat your flower beds with a few inches of an organic mulch. This will help to inhibit weed growth, helps to lock in moisture, and adds needed nutrients to your organic garden. This will also give a nice, professional appearance to your garden all year.
Pine is a wonderful mulch so do not discard the idea. There are many common acidic plants that prefer acidic soil. If you have acid loving plants, use pine needles as a mulch. Covering your plant beds with a layer of pine needles will allow the pine needles to disperse their acidic nutrients into the soil for your plants.
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. Believe it or not, aerating the soil in this manner can actually make your seedlings grow larger.
Construct raised flower beds of brick, stone, or wood. Be sure that any wood you use isn’t chemically treated, and will be able to resist rot naturally. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. Never use compost from treated woods in a veggie garden; the chemicals can contaminate your food. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil.
While it’s harder to grow organically than chemically, the rewards are much better. Although chemical fertilizers and pesticides can offer impressive claims, choosing the organic route will always yield the best food in the end.
The watering needs of your garden will vary considerably, depending on your climate zone and the time of year. Depending upon whether it is morning, noon or night, the chemical composition of your local water supply and soil type may determine your water usage needs. Gardeners in warm, moist climates should avoid watering leafy plants as this makes them more vulnerable to fungal growths. Rather, see to it that you water the root system well.
The more you fill your brain when it comes to gardening, the more you have at your disposal throughout the whole process. Keep in mind that these pointers are simply the tip of the iceberg.