People who start doing organic gardening do so because they don’t like toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers. Also, most methods of organic gardening are fairly inexpensive. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
When winter arrives, you can save some plants by placing them in your home. Find out which plants will be able to thrive despite the transplanting and different indoor conditions. Dig around the roots carefully and transfer the plant to a pot.
A certain amount of CO2 is necessary for plants to maximize their growth potential. More CO2 generally produces more luxurious plant growth. The best way to expose your plants to a high level of carbon dioxide is by growing them in a greenhouse. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Take 3-4 seeds, put them in a small jar or container, and cover them with water. This will allow your seeds to be hydrated and get a head start when growing. The seeds will now have a greater chance of maturing and surviving.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. If you leave some of the grass when you mow, the roots grow further into the ground, which makes the grass less prone to drying and other hazards. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. Coffee grounds contain plenty of acid to get the soil back to a good balance. Improving the pH of your soil will make your vegetables and greens taste even better!
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. Cold weather is very hard on these tender shrubs, and potted shrubs should be shielded and protected. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. This method is much better than wrapping the plant in plastic, as it allows air to circulate, which can prevent rotting.
Don’t forget to use a good fertilizer in your garden. Manure can help your plants grow quickly, but you must use only commercially created products to reduce the chance of contracting pathogens. The options for fertilizing are vast and include environmentally sound choices, so no matter which you choose, just be sure to use one.
There are many natural substances that are effective for warding off unwanted visitors. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Keep insects away from shrub and tree seedlings with mulch containing wood ash. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. When your garden works with nature, you will also be able to notice an increase in the number of wildlife inhabiting your garden.