Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Also, organic gardening can save you a lot of money. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Allow your children to assist with the work to be done in your organic garden. An organic garden will help your child learn more about plants and insects, and it’s a wonderful bonding time while growing healthy produce.
Have all of your tools available to you as you garden to increase efficiency. You can keep them in a good sized bucket, or wear utility pants that have plenty of large pockets. You should always have your gloves, pruning shears and a trowel close to you.
Pine is a mulch that is great. There are some plants that thrive in acidic soil. If that’s the case, the easiest thing to do is use pine needles for beds. Cover your beds with two inches of needles; acid will be dispersed into the soil as they decompose.
When it is harvest time, use a laundry basket. It makes a great strainer for your vegetables. If you leave your produce in the basket while rinsing it, the basket will be able to serve as a strainer, with the extra water dripping out the holes in the bottom of the basket.
Want to get rid of weeds naturally? Take layers of newspapers and use them for weed control. Weeds need sunlight to grow. The layers of newspaper over the weeds will block out the light and kill them. Newspapers easily break down over a period of time, and eventually become a portion of the compost. You can then add a mulch layer right on top so that it looks more attractive.
When you run your personal organic garden, try ruffling seedlings using your hands or cardboard one or two times daily. Although this method may seem counterproductive, it actually helps the seeds to grow quicker and stronger.
Regulate the amount and timing of watering, to the specific climate and its seasonal variations. There are many variables of how much water your plants need including soil, light, and outdoor temperatures. An example would be that if you live in a humid and warm climate, then you’ll want to avoid watering the plant’s leaves as this will cause fungus to grow on your plants. Instead focus on watering the root system.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural gardening methods.