Gardening can be extremely complex, especially when you examine all of its components. You will need to research techniques for chemical-free pest control and healthy ways to make sure your plants continue to thrive. It can be difficult to switch to organic gardening methods for a beginner. Read on to find some tips to make gardening in a clean, organic fashion a little easier and more fun to do!
An organic garden is a benefit to you and everyone else who consumes the food that grows there. Though the use of chemicals has its own benefits, organic farming is a rewarding experience that ends with natural, healthy produce.
One of the benefits of organic produce over commercial produce is that it is not spayed with any toxic pesticides. Although this is great for your health, you need to make sure that you check all the produce careful for any bugs or pests before consuming.
Gardening, especially organic gardening, helps you feel more “at one” with the earth. Approaching gardening in this way will enlighten you in the entire process from beginning to end.
You have likely heard about the positive benefits of a compost bin for your organic garden, but you may not have a clue what to put in a bin like this. Compost is a mixture of wood chips, straw, leaves, scraps of produce, and grass clippings that have been allowed to sit until they are broken down into mock soil. Use compost instead of fertilizer that you buy at the store.
Preparing a plot for planting a perennial garden can be done quickly and without difficulty. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. You want to then give the area about a couple of weeks, then you want your new perennials planted by digging into it.
Annually rotate your garden layout or plan. Planting your garden in the same area every year will allow fungus to grow there as well. Harmful things may take root in the soil, preparing to take over your garden. If you change things up by planting things in different places, you can naturally prevent fungus and disease from taking over.
If you plants are being destroyed by aphids use soapy water. Spray it on the entire plant and clean the plant with another spray containing only water.
Mulch your flowers and trees with three inches of organic materials. Doing this will benefit the environment, as well as reduce your water bills. You may also find the effect aesthetically pleasing.
When you are doing work in your garden, be efficient. By having your tools in one location, you will not spend hours looking for them. Prepare your equipment before you go into the garden and put everything away afterwards. If you need, use a tool belt or even pants that have quite a few pockets.
When working in the garden, know exactly what you are using. Experiment with organic and natural fertilizers instead of the usual chemical, commercial ones. For example, consider creating your own compost heap. If you use inorganic products, your soil and drinking water could be contaminated with chemicals.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. When you pull weeds from your garden, throw them in the compost. The same goes for vegetable trimmings and grass clippings. These are considered green materials. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Don’t include ashes, diseased plants, charcoal meat, or carnivorous animal waste.
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.