Organic Gardening Ideas To Maximize Your Garden’s Potential

Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Organic gardening methods are extremely cheap for the most part. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.

Keep your garden tools close at hand to make the most of your gardening time. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. Keep your trowel, pruning shears and gloves handy so you can do your garden work quickly and easily.

Make sure you don’t let your chores pile up when it comes to your garden Even if you are too busy to tend to your gardens needs every day, you can try little things that will prevent you from having a lot of work when you return to your garden. Take the time to do a little weeding or something else that needs to be done each time you have to be outside keeping an eye on your dog, which for some can be several times a day.

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. It is important to note though, that not all seeds are covered to this depth, as some need direct sunlight to grow properly. Example of these kinds of seeds include the petunia and the ageratum. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.

Try lightly ruffling the seedlings with your hands about twice a day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.

Try using untreated stone, brick, or wood to create a raised bed. For best results, you should only use wood that has not been treated with chemicals or protective coating. Cypress, cedar or locust wood are appropriate selections. In order to avoid toxic substances from getting into the ground and perhaps into your vegetables, avoid using treated wood to enclose or demarcate different sections of your vegetable garden. If you have built a bed with treated lumber already, use a barrier such as plastic to line the bed.

It can be hard to grow an organic garden without chemicals, but the end result is worth the effort. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.

Water demands from plants will depend on the season and the climate in your area. There are many variables of how much water your plants need including soil, light, and outdoor temperatures. For instance, in warm and balmy locations, it is important not to water leaves, as doing so tends to foster fungus growth. Make sure that your root system is well-watered.

Rotate where you plant each type of plant each year. For example, if you usually plant corn in one area of your garden and flowers in another, switch which plant is planted in each section. When the same corner of the garden accommodates the members of the same plant family repeatedly, it can become a breeding ground for disease, illness or fungi. These plant killers can be stored in the dirt and attack the plants the next time you plant them. Changing your planting layout will allow you to avoid costly problems and have large, bountiful plants.

Look up local botanical insecticides; they can be very useful in keeping the pest population at bay. These natural insecticides can often be more effective than synthetically engineered pesticides. Natural insecticide are more environmentally friendly, in part, because they decay quickly and become harmless.

Putting the advice you just learned to use in your organic garden will help you realize several benefits, including having healthy plants and a reduction in toxins. When your garden works with nature, you will also be able to notice an increase in the number of wildlife inhabiting your garden.