Making the effort to use proper organic techniques and high quality products really improves the end result. It demonstrates that you are concerned about the environment as well as the health of your plants. This is a valuable attitude. Like any other skills you may have, these are able to be improved. Here are some suggestions that can help.
Planting organic strawberries is a great way to encourage your children to get involved. Kids are quite eager to pick fruit from a garden, and will help with the planting if they get a nice snack out of it at the end.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. This will discourage weeds from growing, add nutrients, and retain the moisture in your garden. It will also increase the visual appeal of the flower beds.
Tuck away some plastic grocery bags and use them to slip over your muddy boots. This way, you can get in and out quickly, and get back to work in the garden.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Cypress, cedar or locust wood are appropriate selections. It is particular important that you don’t use treated wood for vegetable beds, as the chemicals and toxins on the wood could leach into the soil and be absorbed by food plants. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil.
It is simple to prepare your garden for perennial flowers. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep. Wait two weeks, then dig in and plant the new perennials.
Make sure any trees you plant near your home are located to provide optimal shade for your home. This can save you money on electricity, as the trees will cool the area, which means the air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard.
Grow garlic in your organic garden. Plant garlic cloves individually. Do this in early spring or during the fall in moist and well drained soils. Lay each bulb into the ground ends up at a distance of about 4 inches away from the next bulb and 1-2 inches down into the soil. You can cut the green shoots as they are growing and use them in your cooking. The bulbs of the garlic are ready for harvesting when the very tops of them begin to brown. Leave the bulbs out the sunshine for a few days until the skin gets hard. Store the bulbs separately or tied in loose bunches in a cool place.
The ideal way to water your organic garden is with a soaker hose. These hoses let water out slowly at a regular rate. You can direct the hose to the roots of your plants, keeping the leaves dry. These use much less water than the sprinklers and are less time-consuming than hand-watering your plants.
When you’re making a compost pile, you should use fresh and dried plants to get it started. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Avoid using ashes, charcoal, diseased plants and meat-eating animal manure.
You probably already have the skills, the tools and the products needed to utilize the above tips to create your own thriving organic garden. That’s wonderful! These tips were specifically crafted to enhance your organic gardening techniques. A gardener should never be done learning! In fact, it is possible that you came across a trick that you never would have thought of otherwise.