The Skinny On Organic Gardening Like A Pro

The rewards of an organic garden to your health and eating pleasure are innumerable. You will have to put in some time and energy to be successful in this venture, however. This probably has you wondering where to start your own garden.

If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. This will also benefit your cultivated gardens as it will attract more bugs and birds to pollinate your other plants.

Prepare the ground for a perennial garden quickly and easily. Use a spade to dig into the turf, turn the turf over, then spread the area with approximately three inches of wood chips. Let the area sit for a fortnight, then turn the earth and set up your new perennial bed.

Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. Move your plants away from the heat as they grow. Make sure you remember to remove any plastic films that were on the plant containers to repel humidity and warmth. Check on your seeds often so you catch them when they are ready.

Spacing is essential when planting an organic garden. It’s common to not think about how much space a plant will need once it’s full grown, and you don’t want to crowd your garden. You will also need to ensure that you allow ample space around full-grown plants for air circulation. If you put enough thought into your garden, you will enjoy more impressive results.

It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. You will need many layers of newspapers. Weeds need sun for growth, just like any other plant. By placing newspaper over them, they will not get light and suffocate. Newsprint also breaks down well, incorporating itself into the compost. Use mulch on the top in order to make everything look attractive.

For container planting, be sure to plant your seeds at a depth around three times the radius of the 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. Ageratum and petunias are two examples of seeds that should not be planted deeply. If you are unsure if your seeds should be covered, refer to the seed packet, or if that is not available, look for information online.

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. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.

A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Start by burying a wide-mouth jar in the soil, ensuring that the rim of the jar is just at the soil’s surface. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. The beer attracts these slugs, but traps them in the jar.

Try using untreated stone, brick, or wood to create a raised bed. If you choose to use wood, make sure it is naturally rot resistant and untreated. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. In a veggie garden, don’t use treated wood since its chemicals can leech into the food crops and soil. If you’re using treated lumber, line it with a barrier, or some plastic.

Though organic farming can present challenges that traditional farming with the use of chemicals does not, harvesting the crops is reward itself for the hard work. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.

As you’ve read, organic gardening requires work, effort, and research so that you can grow organic plants. Furthermore, you will only see your garden blossom with consistent tending. If you keep all these suggestions in mind, you have taken the right steps towards becoming a successful organic gardener.