Organic gardening presents special challenges to overcome. Choosing to garden organically means learning about many details, such as your soil’s acidity or what sort of insects live in your garden. It can be difficult to switch to organic gardening methods for a beginner. Give yourself an advantage by applying the advice from the following article.
The optimal amount of organic mulch to use in your flower beds is 2-3 inches. Using this much mulch retards weed growth, locks in moisture, and ensures that your plants are well-nourished. What’s more, your garden will look professional all year.
Pine can make for a great type of mulch. Some garden plants have a high acidity, and prefer acidic soil. When you have plants like this, nothing is easier than to gather pine needles for your beds. 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.
Put coffee grounds in your soil. Coffee grounds will add nitrogen to your soil which will make them helpful for some of your plants. Coffee grounds as a source of nitrogen for plants are usually limited to acid-loving plants because coffee is acidic. This nutrient is often lacking in home gardens, and adding it will give you taller plants that bloom beautifully.
Looking for a natural way to kill weeds in your garden? Put down old newspapers in several layers for controlling weeds. Like any other plant, weeds need to be exposed to the sun. If you put a thick layer of newspaper on them, weeds will not be able to get light or air, and they will die! Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. One way to enhance the appearance of your garden if you are using newspapers is to add an additional layer of mulch.
A rule of thumb followed by many planters is to bury the seeds in soil to a depth of around three times the diameter of the actual seed. Be aware that some seeds shouldn’t be covered, as they need sunlight. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. The directions for how to handle the seeds will usually be found on the seed’s package. You can also find this information online.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.