Organic gardening can be a very enjoyable and relaxing activity in which anyone can participate. However, for someone who does not have any experience with gardening, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. How can you become a better organic gardener? Well, read the tips below, of course!
Include your kids in growing an organic garden. Helping a garden grow is an excellent learning experience for kids, and it allows your family to spend time together while creating healthy, nutritious foods.
For in-home organic gardeners, you are looking for an ideal temperature of around 60-75 degrees for your plants. Plants need to be in an environment that is neither too warm nor too cool for them to grow. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead.
It’s simple to quickly prepare your soil for the planting of a perennial garden. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary. To prepare the garden, slice out sheets of turf using the spade, and flip the turf upside down. Then, cover the newly turned soil with wood chips, approximately three inches deep. After a few weeks, dig, then plant your perennials.
Keep your garden tools close at hand to make the most of your gardening time. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants. Make sure your trowel, pruning shears, gloves and other important tools are always handy. This will allow you to make easy work of your gardening up-keep!
Mix used coffee grounds into your soil. Coffee grounds are filled with nitrogen, that is a nutrient required by plants. Nitrogen is generally a way to make your plants grow bigger, better and faster.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. First, place a glass canning jar in the soil, burying it until the mouth is even with the surface of the soil. Fill the jar with beer about an inch lower than the top. The beer attracts these slugs, but traps them in the jar.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. If you use wood, be sure that it is untreated and naturally rot resistant. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. Avoid using treated wood in an organic vegetable garden. The chemicals in the wood can leak into the soil, and eventually into the plants. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
After reading this article, you should have a better idea of the appeal of growing an organic garden. Taking care of a garden is a fun and relaxing experience. Use what you have learned, and your garden will blossom.