You probably know quite a bit about organic foods, whether you have read about them, or noticed them at your local supermarket. It’s usually easy to distinguish the organic items from the others. Organic items usually cost more and are packaged differently. You can cut the store out of the equation and save a lot of money by planting your own patch of organic vegetables in the back yard!
Your children will enjoy being involved with your organic gardening endeavors. A garden can teach your children about the joy of rewarding work and nutrition while bonding.
If you like the concept of organic gardening, then why not take it one step further by leaving some of your land undeveloped for the area’s wildlife? Your cultivated garden spaces will benefit from the various insects and wildlife that will inhabit and pollinate the undeveloped space.
If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. A natural area will allow beneficial birds and insects, many of which pollinate plants, to live on your property and help your garden grow stronger.
Create a space perfect for any perennial garden with this easy method. Use a spade to dig into the turf, turn the turf over, then spread the area with approximately three inches of wood chips. Wait for a few weeks and plant new perennials in this area.
To make the most of your time in the garden, you should store all of your tools and implements in a close, accessible location. You should use a large pail and wear sturdy pants that have several pockets. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Keep your gardening tools close by to maximize gardening efficiency. Keep the tools in a big bucket, or store them in strong pockets in your pants. Keep your trowel, pruning shears and gloves handy so you can do your garden work quickly and easily.
Planted flowers will benefit from organic materials that are built up to as much as three inches. Mulch discourages weeds and helps retain moisture while adding nutrients to your flower bed. Mulch also completes your garden, giving it a finished appearance.
Work efficiently in your garden. You do not have the time to spend an hour looking for each tool you need. Organize the tools you will need before you head to the garden, and put every item away when you finish your work. If you need to use a tool belt, try using some pants with pockets in them.
Working in the garden doesn’t have to be grueling; learn to work more efficiently. Don’t spend 30 minutes searching for a tool. Set up the tools you will need for your day prior to hitting the garden, then put them away neatly at the end of your gardening session. You can keep your garden tools in a tool belt, or in your pockets. Another good idea is to keep them all in a bucket that you carry around with you.
Space is important to remember when planting an organic garden. It is easy to underestimate the amount of space that the plants will take up once they start to grow. You will also need to ensure that you allow ample space around full-grown plants for air circulation. Plan your organic garden while keeping this in mind, and space your seeds accordingly, when planting.
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. Certain seeds are an exception to that rule, since they require sunlight to germinate, so they should be barely covered or not at all. Two of the common examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seeds should be covered or not, try to read the package or find the answer online.
Organic gardening can be more difficult than gardening with chemicals, but the end result makes it worth it. While chemicals offer an easy solution to many common gardening problems, the organic method is far healthier for you and everyone you share your food with.
Add used coffee grounds to your garden soil. These coffee grounds have many nitrogenous nutrients that your plants could use. Plants need nitrogen in order to thrive, so give it a natural source with coffee grounds, then watch everything come to life much more quickly.
Calibrate how much you water based upon the time of the year and the weather conditions. The amount of water you need to give your plants depends on soil type, quality of water and time of day. Gardeners in warm, moist climates should avoid watering leafy plants as this makes them more vulnerable to fungal growths. Rather, make sure the root system is watered.
Add mulch for healthy soil. Mulch will protect and nourish the soil. This protective effect is especially important during the summer, as it protects the roots from the effects of the heat. Mulch acts like a barrier that ultimately decreases the rate of evaporation. It also keeps the weeds under control.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. This sounds like total nonsense, but there is research suggesting that it does promote plant growth relative to unpetted plants.