Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. Also, organic gardening is quite cheap on the whole. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. The temperature needs to be this warm so they are able to grow. If you do not want to keep your home that warm during the winter months, you can get a heat lamp for the organic plants instead.
It can be extremely fast and easy to plant perennials into your garden. Simply slice into the ground with a spade, flip the top layer of soil, and then cover it with several inches of wood chips. Allow for at least 10 days to pass, then plant the perennials that you just purchased.
Pine can make surprisingly great mulch. Many types of plants thrive in soil that has high acid levels. When you have plants like this, nothing is easier than to gather pine needles for your beds. Using several inches of needles to cover your beds provides acid for the soil as they begin to decompose.
Try using coffee grounds on the soil. Coffee grounds are full of nitrogenous nutrients that growing plants need. Nitrogen is a nutrient that will help your plants grow taller and bloom faster, so use those coffee grounds, extra compost, or diluted urea to make this happen.
Looking for a natural way to kill weeds in your garden? You can easily control weeds by using layered sheets of newspaper. Weeds require sunlight to grow. They will suffocate and die if you cover them with newpapers. Newspapers also break down over time, becoming part of your compost. You can then add a mulch layer right on top so that it looks more attractive.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.
If slugs are an issue in your garden, a beer trap can make them go away. Dig a hole just deep enough for a glass jar to be placed in it while the jar still has its rim in line with the surface of the ground. Fill it with beer to about one inch below the top of the jar. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
You can make a raised bed with untreated wood, brick, or stone. If you choose wood, it needs to be naturally rot resistant and untreated. Several species of trees yield suitable wood. Locust, cypress, and cedar are among the more commonly used rot resitent woods. Never use compost from treated woods in a veggie garden; the chemicals can contaminate your food. If you have already used lumber that is treated, you can line it with plastic or another type of barrier.
If you sell your crops and label them organic, you should get an organic garden certified seal. This will not only increase sales, but it will demonstrate to your customers that your products are legitimate and that you are doing what it takes to grow the best crops.
Organic gardening is a high-risk, high-reward activity compared to normal gardening, but the rewards certainly are sweet. While chemical-based gardening products make bold claims, it is hard to dispute that organic gardening consistently produces superior results.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.