A lot of people are becoming more aware of the chemicals that are put in our everyday produce and how this can harm them, this is why they decide to grow organically. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.
After your seeds have sprouted, heat lamps are not needed. Take your plants out of the heat once they start to grow. Remove plastic films on containers to prevent warmth and humidity from penetrating them. Keep a close watch on your seeds to know when to do this.
You should utilize around three inches of mulch that is organic in your flower beds. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
Use equal parts dried and green plant material for your own compost. Green plant mulches include everything from fresh grass clippings, to unwanted vegetables, to recently pulled weeds. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. Don’t throw charcoal, meat or manure into your compost.
You can kill weeds naturally. You should layer some newspaper to get weeds under control. Weeds can only grow when there is adequate sunlight. When you place layers of newspapers on top of them, the weeds will suffocate from the lack of light. The paper will break down quickly and cleanly, adding to your compost. To improve the appearance of newspaper, simply spread a bit of mulch over it.
When planting seeds in containers, remember that the planting depth should be around three times bigger than the seed size. There are exceptions, however. Some types of seeds require more direct sunlight than others, and as such they should not be fully covered. This is true of popular flowers like petunias and zinnias. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
It can be hard to grow an organic garden without chemicals, but the end result is worth the effort. Even though the claims of the chemicals may be astounding, the organic way is always going to provide the best reward to you and whoever is eating your crops.
Your watering schedule should flow perfectly with the seasons, yet be adjustable according to climate. The amount of water you need depends on when you are doing the watering, whether your water is high-quality and the grade of the soil in your garden. 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, the roots should be thoroughly watered.
Utilizing the advice provided in this article in your organic gardening efforts will produce great results. You will quickly see your garden becoming more productive and healthy, while being free of toxins. You can also look forward to a boost in the volume of wildlife inhabiting your nature-loving garden.