The more you get into it, the more you may realize that organic gardening can be a little on the complicated side. For instance, you have to know certain things like pH balance in soil or things that can fend off bugs naturally when you get into gardening. Organic gardening can be quite challenging for anyone with limited experience. Be successful by using the following tips.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. Kids really enjoy plucking snacks directly from the ground, and may have greater enthusiasm for the work if they see the results of their labor right away.
If you like the concept of organic gardening, then why not take it one step further by leaving some of your land undeveloped for the area’s wildlife? This will also benefit your cultivated gardens as it will attract more bugs and birds to pollinate your other plants.
It is easy to quickly prepare your perennial garden ground. Turn over the soil in your garden so it will be soft and easy to plant before spreading wood chips around your garden. After a few weeks, you may then utilize the area to plant your flowers.
Put an organic material, such as mulch two or three inches deep, in your flower beds. This will prevent weeds from growing, retain humidity, and feed your plants with the nutrients they need. This also gives your flower beds a more aesthetic aspect.
Pine can make surprisingly great mulch. Some garden plants have a high acidity, and prefer acidic soil. If this is the case, use pine needles to mulch your beds. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.
Don’t let the chores for your organic garden pile up. Even doing just a few small things each day can keep chores from piling up and eventually becoming unmanageable. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. For example, if you are playing in the yard with your child, take a few moments to pull some weeds as well.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated. Cypress, locust and cedar are all great examples of what woods to use when building a raised bed. In a veggie garden, don’t use treated wood since its chemicals can leech into the food crops and soil. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil.
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.