What There Is To Know About Organic Gardening

Published: 17th May 2020
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In order to be a good organic gardener, you need to have a lot of patience and a knack for how to take care of plants. This is a hobby where the goal is to grow food that is healthy and pesticide free. This particular hobby may not be as easy as it sounds. See these tips to learn how to get started with this healthy, rewarding hobby.

You should add a two to three inch layer of organic mulch to your flower bed. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. This will also make your flowers appear beautiful and finished all year long.

Add aspirin to your plants to help them fight sickness. Try dissolving around one and one half aspirins into around 2 gallons of water for your plants. You can just spray this on them to fight disease. Apply this solution to your plants every few weeks.

Use approximately two or three inches of natural, organic material as some mulch in every single flower bed. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.

Store a few plastic bags near your garden to slip on over your dirty gardening shoes. This way, you won't break momentum by fussing with your shoes, and you'll be quickly back in the garden to finish your work.

When composting lawn clippings, leaves, and other materials, it is best to add the same amount of green, freshly-cut material as you do dried material. You can use all types of green material in your compost pile, including cut grass, dead flowers, fruit peels and cores, and much more. Examples of dried plant material are sawdust, shredded paper, straw, cut-up woody material, and cardboard. However, stay away from meats, manure from carnivores, charcoal and other potentially harmful substances.

When working in the garden, try to work as efficiently as possible. Have your tools laid out in an orderly way so you do not have to search for them. Before you start work in the garden, make sure you have the necessary tools, and always remember to put them away when you are finished. If you use lots of tools, consider using a tool belt or even just some pants that have lots of pockets.

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 probably sounds like an odd recommendation, but research has shown that this technique encourages more plant growth, than no petting at all.

You can kill weeds naturally. A layer of newspaper, several pages thick, placed over the ground will do the trick. Weeds can only grow in sunlight. With layers of newspaper on them, the weeds are not going to have light, and therefore will not grow. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. Use mulch on the top in order to make everything look attractive.

Mulch is necessary for a healthy soil. A thick layer of mulch offers protection to the soil underneath it. The roots of your garden are less likely to become overheated on hot days. Evaporation will be reduced and the soil will remain moist for longer when you water. This also helps control the weeds.

The watering needs of your garden will vary considerably, depending on your climate zone and the time of year. The amount of water you need to give your plants depends on soil type, quality of water and time of day. For instance, in warm and balmy locations, it is important not to water leaves, as doing so tends to foster fungus growth. Water the plants root system thoroughly instead.

As mentioned earlier, it will take time and effort to achieve the goals you have for your organic garden. Patience will be required. Take the information contained above as an example. If you can use these tips to your advantage, you can take the guess work out of an otherwise complicated venture. There are a huge number of plants to grow, and with these tips, you'll succeed no matter which plants you ultimately choose.

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