Organic gardening has become more popular with increased concern about the effects of fertilizers and chemicals on the environment, as well as overall health. Also, the majority of organic gardening strategies require very little money. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
An easy way to transport tools to and from the garden is to use an old golf bag. Many golf bags have a stand built into them so it makes grabbing and organizing the tools a breeze. Use the pockets in the sides of the bag to store all kinds of assorted gardening tools, seeds, and gloves, or just use them to store a refreshing beverage.
Use both well-matured compost and mulch in your garden. Compost will naturally help plants grow faster, taller, and healthier, and increase the yield of your vegetables. Mulch helps prevent the growth of weeds. Mulch also shades the ground around the roots of your plants, protecting them from heat and conserving water.
Grow vegetables and fruits to drink. Often overlooked yet easy to grow are items that can be made into fantastic and nutritious drinks. These berries and fruit juices can be frozen or canned or made into wine and hard cider. A well made apple wine or blueberry wine can start at $10-12 a bottle, so this can also be a profit available with the garden.
If you want to keep your garden free of pests, start with healthy soil! If you have healthy looking plants, they are stronger and more resistant to diseases and bugs. Healthy, rich soil with fewer chemicals will increase the yield of your plants, and reduce accumulated salts.
Don’t bother with expensive chemicals if your plants start to sport powdery mildew. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Spray this onto your plants about once per week or until it subsides. This solution is perfectly safe for your plants and gently treats mildew in a short amount of time.
Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Be careful not to damage the root system as you dig up the plant, and place it in a pot.
Create a unique visual effect with a hanging basket. A hanging basket full of spring or summer flowers can brighten up a bare wall or a dreary back yard. A traditional hanging basket is made of wire and lined with moss. The moss is helpful in retaining moisture. You can create a spectacular display by not only planting in the basket itself, but by inserting hanging plants in the gaps in the wire mesh. The mesh and surrounding moss with ensure that the plants stay secure.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.