Useful Information For The Novice Organic Gardener

 

Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. A beginning organic gardener may find the prospect of getting started to be rather daunting. So, what exactly should a novice learn and do when they want to start growing plants? They should read this article, obviously!

You should teach your children how to garden alongside you. Gardening helps your children learn about biological processes and serves as a social activity that helps the family grow closer while eating healthier.

If you want to spend more quality time outdoors with your children, why not allowing them to help you with your gardening? Your children will enjoy being able to pick strawberries and will be ready to help you if they can get something sweet to eat.

Easily and quickly prepare your ground for a garden of perennials. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary. To prepare the garden, slice out sheets of turf using the spade, and flip the turf upside down. Then, cover the newly turned soil with wood chips, approximately three inches deep. Allow for at least 10 days to pass, then plant the perennials that you just purchased.

After seeds have sprouted, they require less warmth than they did prior to sprouting. Remove plants from the heated environment once they begin growing. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container. Watch the seeds so you can know when you do this.

Flower Beds

Put an organic material, such as mulch two or three inches deep, in your flower beds. Not only will you be adding nutrients, but weeds will be less likely to grow and moisture will be retained more easily. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.

It is common knowledge that grounds from brewed coffee are good for soil. Coffee grounds will add nitrogen to your soil which will make them helpful for some of your plants. Coffee grounds as a source of nitrogen for plants are usually limited to acid-loving plants because coffee is acidic. It is best for your plants to use coffee grounds that are part of a blend of ingredients in the compost or soil you are using for your plants, rather than directly adding coffee grounds to your garden plants.

Spacing is one of the primary considerations when planning an organic garden. When the garden is bare, it is sometimes hard to envision how much space a mature plant actually needs. Proper spacing is important not just to accommodate the plants’ sizes but also for air circulation. Plan your organic garden while keeping this in mind, and space your seeds accordingly, when planting.

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. Examples of green plant material are spent flowers, fruit and vegetable waste, grass clippings, weeds, and leaves. Examples of dried plant material are sawdust, shredded paper, straw, cut-up woody material, and cardboard. Materials to avoid during composting include diseased plants, meat, ashes and charcoal.

These tips probably gave you some insight into how to enjoy organic gardening. Cultivating your green thumb is a relaxing, engaging hobby that the whole family can enjoy. With the proper application of these suggestions, you will be achieving amazing results in your own organic garden in no time at all!