What You Need To Know About Organic Gardening

 

There are so many natural alternatives available to you if you want to turn your garden organic. All you need to do is find out what they are, and then use them.

Have some plastic bags on hand that you can put over your gardening shoes if they are muddy. This keeps your flow going, so you can get back out to the garden quickly and finish your work.

Add used coffee grounds to your soil. Coffee grounds are full of nitrogenous nutrients that growing plants need. Usually, nitrogen is limited with a plant, but using coffee grounds, diluted urea, or compost can make your plants grow faster and taller.

Laundry Basket

When it is harvest time, use a laundry basket. The laundry basket can be used as a colander for your produce. Rinse off your produce while it’s in the laundry basket, and any excess water will be strained out through the basket’s holes.

It is a great idea to help your garden by ruffling seedlings, either with cardboard or with your own hands, a couple of times each day. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.

Create a raised bed for your garden out of stone, bricks or untreated wood. Choose wood that is naturally resistant to rot and is untreated. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. If you have some space treated wood, you can still use it, however, be sure to line it with some type of barrier like plastic sheeting.

If you need to prove to customers that your produce is legitimately organic, you can become certified as an organic grower. This attracts customers who are willing to drive a little farther and pay a little more for products that are safe and healthy.

It can be hard to grow an organic garden without chemicals, but the end result is worth the effort. Chemicals are extremely efficient, but the organic method is the best way to get healthy produce.

Water demands from plants will depend on the season and the climate in your area. The amount of water you will need will vary according to your climate and even such factors as the part of day and soil type. In a warm and humid climate you should avoid watering the plant itself. Wet leaves promote the growth of leaf fungi. Instead, the roots should be thoroughly watered.

Every year, rotate your organic garden. Planting the same plants in the same place each year can promote the growth of disease and fungus. Harmful things may take root in the soil, preparing to take over your garden. Change the design of your garden regularly to prevent diseases from spreading.

Garlic Cloves

It’s time to plant some organic garlic. You can place garlic cloves directly into the moist, fertile soil during spring or autumn months. Each clove should be planted end-up, four inches apart and between one and two inches below the surface of the soil. You can cut the green shoots as they are growing and use them in your cooking. Harvest the garlic bulbs when the tops of the plants turn brown. Allow the sun to dry out the bulbs for a few days until the skin gets hard. You should store your garlic cloves in a cooler area and tie them in some bunches.

To become a great organic gardener, you need to look under the surface! Even if the plant looks lush on the upper leaves, the root system can have problems. As time goes by, the starts will begin to fall off, but you shouldn’t transplant your seedlings until this happens.

Consider using botanical pesticides to keep the pest that plague your garden under control. Some natural insecticides are stronger and more effective than the chemically engineered synthetic pesticides that are commercially available. Natural products will not damage your plants and will disappear quickly. This means you might have to apply your insecticides more often.

Gardening is within everybody’s reach, but you will only make the most of your gardening experience with knowledge. Use the organic tips in this article.