Successful organic gardening requires the use of some particular methods and techniques. First, you must learn the methods, and then choose which ones you would like to implement.
Your children will enjoy being involved with your organic gardening endeavors. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
If little ones live in your home, consider including everbearing strawberries in the garden plot. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures. If you think it would not be comfortable to keep your residence that warm in the winter, consider purchasing a heat lamp to use on the plants.
You must consider how much light is available when starting your plants indoors. If your home does not let in sufficient light, then consider getting plants that thrive in low-light situations. If you already have plants that need full light and the natural light provided is not sufficient, artificial lights can supplement their needs.
Use this simple tip to get your perennial garden ready in a flash. It isn’t as hard as it may seem; you basically just slice down under the turf, flip it over, and spread wood chips four to three inches. Let the area sit for a fortnight, then turn the earth and set up your new perennial bed.
Keep your tools handy to work more efficiently. Carry a large bucket with you or wear pants with a lot of pockets. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Coat your flower beds with a few inches of an organic mulch. This will discourage weeds from growing, add nutrients, and retain the moisture in your garden. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.
Use plastic bags to cover muddy gardening shoes. This way, you can maintain your momentum and head right back to your garden so that you can finish what you were doing.
Coffee grounds work great mixed in with your soil. Coffee grounds have a lot of nutrients that plants can use. Plants need an adequate nitrogen source in order to thrive. Adding coffee grounds, chemical fertilizer, or diluted urea to your soil increases the soil’s nitrogen content and will help to make your plants grow faster, taller and healthier.
Leave plenty of growing space when you plant your garden. When the garden is bare, it is sometimes hard to envision how much space a mature plant actually needs. Your plants will need the space not only because of their physical size, but also because the space will provide air circulation for the garden. Plan your garden accordingly, and make sure the right distance is between the seeds.
Regularity is the key to keeping your organic garden in order, don’t let your list of chores pile up. Even if you end up being too busy to do garden chores every day, do small tasks that will help you avoid having to do large tasks when you finally do have time. You can pull a few weeds when you take your dog outside.
A good way to plant seeds is in containers. Plant them three times as deep as their overall size. There are some seeds, however, that you should not cover at all, since they need sunlight to germinate. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. If you are unsure about your seed’s requirements for sunlight, the resources are often provided along with the seeds, or you can find out online.
You may want to grow garlic organically. The best time to plant garlic is either early spring or in the fall. Plant garlic in moist soil with good drainage. Plant them an inch or two below the soil line with the pointed end facing the sky. Each clove should be around 4 inches from the one beside it. Green garlic shoots can be cut as they grow, and used in place of chives or scallions. You know your bulbs are ready when they turn brown on their tops. Leave the bulbs out to dry and exposed to the sun for a few days so that the skin hardens a bit. Store the cloves in a cool area. They can be tied or left loose.
When mulching your flowerbed or garden, most people recommend adding about three inches of mulch. Doing this will nourish the soil in your garden and improve its ability to retain moisture. It will also prevent weeds from growing, which will make your garden look neater and more attractive.
Anyone can have a garden, but it takes knowledge to have a productive and healthy one. Try using these organic tips.