Organic gardening is undoubtedly a very enjoyable pastime, despite the effort, patience and skill involved. This is a hobby where the goal is to grow food that is healthy and pesticide free. Does this seem to be easier said than done? Keep reading to learn what you can do to make your garden succeed.
Include your children in your efforts to organic gardening. You can provide a good learning experience that your children can appreciate the more they learn on how to grow healthy produce.
Keep your tools handy to work more efficiently. You can do this by using a bucket, or you can wear rugged pants or a gardening apron that has several pockets. 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!
When your seeds sprout, they will not be in need of the warmth they needed to germinate. As your baby plants grow, you can move them from their heat source. Plastic films should be removed on the containers, as that helps to keep out humidity and warmth. Monitor the seeds carefully so you know the best time to do it.
Have plastic bags on hand to put over dirty gardening shoes. This helps the flow keep going so that you can get into the garden quickly to finish what you’re doing.
Pine makes a much better mulch than you might think. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. 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.
Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. The leaves you rake in the fall, straw, sawdust and the like are dry material. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.
A great tip when running your own organic garden, is to lightly ruffle your seedlings with your hand or cardboard, around once or twice per day. That may sound like a silly thing to do, but it’s been proven to help plants grow larger than they would otherwise.
Construct raised flower beds of brick, stone, or wood. Choose a wood that is resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Cypress, locust and cedar are all very good choices. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
Growing organic food requires patience, persistence and a love of nature. A hobby that results in growing something delicious to eat. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.