Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. Here are some essential tips to help you become an expert organic gardener.
Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. Just run some measuring tape right on the floor next to the handles. Use a bright permanent marker and label the distances. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Pay a small fee to have your soil analyzed, and you’ll be glad that you did when you understand what nutrients your soil is lacking. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
Plants require a good amount of CO2 in order to grow to their maximum height. Plants are more likely to thrive in environments where high levels of CO2 are present. Greenhouses typically provide plants with high levels of CO2. CO2 levels, when kept high, give your plants optimal growing conditions.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. When these tender shrubs are kept in pots, cold weather can be very damaging. Tie these canes at the top, and place a blanket over it. This method works better than covering your bushes in plastic, allowing air to circulate and preventing rotting.
Try dousing weeds in your garden with boiling water to get rid of them. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. Douse boiling water on the weeds and avoid nearby plants carefully. Boiling water can hurt the roots of weeds and can prevent them from growing.
Don’t you hate it how fresh mint leaves take over all of your garden, even though you love them? Try to keep your mint in a container in your garden to stop their rampage. By using a separate containment unit, you are limiting the plant’s ability to spread its roots and subsequently grow like wildfire. You can even plant the entire pot so that it still looks just like another plant in your garden.
Try using aspirin water for fighting plant diseases. Dissolve 1 aspirin per gallon of water for a plant disease fighting solution. All you need to do is spray the plants with the solution in order to battle common ailments. Apply this solution to your plants every few weeks.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. You can also look forward to a boost in the volume of wildlife inhabiting your nature-loving garden.