The main reason people decide to go organic when gardening is that they think commercial chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizers, may degrade soil quality, harm the environment and cause long-term damage to their personal health. A lot of techniques for organic gardening actually don’t cost a lot of money. In the following paragraphs, you’ll find some suggestions that will help you make the most of your garden.
If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. Most likely, you will find your organic garden producing better once your property is home to the insects, birds, and other wildlife that plants rely on for pollination and the production and dispersal of seeds.
Plants growing in your home need a constant temperature of no less than 65 degrees. The temperature needs to be this warm so they are able to grow. If you aren’t wanting your house to be this warm in the winter, you can use a heat lamp on the plants.
It can be extremely fast and easy to plant perennials into your garden. Use a spade to dig up some soil, flip the soil over, and finally, sprinkle around 3-4 inches of wood chips on the soil. Let the area sit for a fortnight, then turn the earth and set up your new perennial bed.
After your seeds begin to sprout, it is not as important to keep them warm. Sprouting plants can be removed from the heat source. Take any plastic film off of your containers because they hold in heat and humidity. Unless you closely monitor your seedlings, you may not move them in time.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. This fights weeds, retains moisture, and gives your garden valuable nutrients. It will also increase the visual appeal of the flower beds.
Learn to work efficiently. Don’t waste thirty minutes looking around for a tool. By keeping your tools in a certain area, they will always be ready whenever you are. 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.
Make sure you have some plastic bags around so that you can cover any muddy gardening shoes you have. You will save time and be back in the garden much more quickly by doing this.
Looking for a natural way to kill weeds in your garden? You need to have many layers of newspapers in order to provide proper weed control. Weeds require sunlight to continue growing. When you cover weeds with newspaper layers, they suffocate due to lack of light. Newspapers tend to break down into compost nicely. One way to enhance the appearance of your garden if you are using newspapers is to add an additional layer of mulch.
A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Bury a single glass jar with the open mouth level with your soil in the garden. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
Over-watering plants is counterproductive, as too much water reduces plants’ ability to absorb nutrients from the surrounding soil. Before watering your organic garden, check weather forecasts to determine if it is likely to rain later that day. After reviewing the weather forecast, you can decide whether or not to spend the time and resources watering the garden.
Gardening of any type can be a great hobby that helps you to feel more at one with the earth, but organic gardening is especially good at this. Organic gardening allows you learn the entire plant cycle, from the beginning to the end.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.