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. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.
Have your tools for gardening nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with gardening. You can keep them in a good sized bucket, or wear utility pants that have plenty of large pockets. You should be able to do your garden work quickly if you keep a trowel, gloves, small pruning shears, and other handy devices close to you.
When you want to harvest the produce in your organic garden, always have an old laundry basket to hand. This will be like a strainer for all your produce. You can rinse your produce off while it is in the basket, and the excess water will strain through the holes of your laundry basket.
Want to kill weeds naturally? You should layer some newspaper to get weeds under control. In order to grow, weeds need sunlight. When you put newspaper over them, they suffocate from lack of sunlight. As an added benefit, the newspapers will decompose over time, becoming organic compost. If you want it to look better, just add a layer or two of much over top of the newspapers.
If you are planting seeds in containers, a good rule of thumb is that the seed’s depth should be around three times its overall size. There are exceptions, however. Some types of seeds require more direct sunlight than others, and as such they should not be fully covered. Ageratum and petunias fall into this category. If you’re not sure, a guide either comes with seeds, or you can find this information online.
Over-watering plants is counterproductive, as too much water reduces plants’ ability to absorb nutrients from the surrounding soil. Before you set out to water your plants, you might want to verify that the forecast does not call for rain. If a downpour is coming, you may want to forgo watering your plants that day.
Annually rotate your garden. Planting the same area with the same plants year after year will lead to disease and fungus. The soil might contain fungus or diseases specific to one type of plant. If you mix things up, by planting in different spots, you will have enlisted a natural method of keeping fungus and diseases at bay.
Garlic can be simple to grow organically. Take single garlic gloves and plant them in moist but drained soil at the start of spring or fall. Plant the cloves one to two inches beneath the soil about four inches apart and with the pointed end up. You can use the tops of the garlic shoots instead of scallions or chives. When the top turns brown, it is time to harvest the bulbs. Allow the skin to harden by letting your bulbs sit out in the sun. They could be stored in an area that is cold, tied or loose in bunches.
The mulch in your organic flowerbeds should be made of organic material and be no shallower than three inches. You will ensure your garden will be nourished by keeping moisture inside the soil, thus creating a neater appearance of your garden, and repelling weed growth.
Use a soaker hose to water your organic garden. Because the water in these hoses seeps out slowly, it goes directly to the roots of the places and leaves the leaves dry. Compared with sprinklers, a soaker hose wastes less water and is far more convenient to use.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.