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For The Love Of Gardening: Organic Gardening Advice

You have many options available to enable you to grow a vivacious and colorful organic garden of your very own. You just need to learn the methods and use them.

Allow your children to assist with the work to be done in your organic garden. Gardens are a wonderful place for kids to learn, and working side by side with them can strengthen the bond that you have.

Young children will love it if you plant strawberries that bear continually, and organic gardens are the perfect place to do it. Your children will enjoy being able to pick strawberries and will be ready to help you if they can get something sweet to eat.

Gardeners who are intrigued by the ideas of organic and sustainable methods should think about designating a portion of their landscape to support native plants and animals. This will also benefit your cultivated gardens as it will attract more bugs and birds to pollinate your other plants.

Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. Covering the beds with mulch serves multiple purposes; it helps the flowers by retaining moisture and adding nutrients, and it discourages the growth of unwanted plants. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.

Pine Needles

Pine needles should not be overlooked as a great source for mulch. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. If your garden contains plants like this, there are few things simpler than spreading some pine needles across your beds. Cover soil beds with a few inches of pine needles, and they will disperse acidity to the soil below as they decompose.

Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. Sawdust, straw, cardboard, paper and wood pulp are all examples of dried plant material. However, stay away from meats, manure from carnivores, charcoal and other potentially harmful substances.

Do you want to kill weeds in a natural way? You should layer some newspaper to get weeds under control. Weeds require sunlight for growing. Newspapers placed atop weeds will starve them from light and they will eventually die. Newspaper decompose quickly and integrate into the compost. Cover the newspaper with a thick layer of mulch for a more attractive look.

Try lightly ruffling the seedlings with your hands about twice a day. This sounds like total nonsense, but there is research suggesting that it does promote plant growth relative to unpetted plants.

You can get rid of slugs with a simple beer trap. Dig a hole the size of a glass jar, and bury the jar with the top at ground level. After you have placed the jar in the soil, fill with beer to approximately one inch of the top. The scent of the beer will bait the slugs into the jar and they will become trapped.

Anyone can plant a garden, but only those with the proper knowledge will receive the most out of their crop. Be sure to try out these organic gardening ideas.

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