Organic gardening will require some extra research and active avoidance of chemicals. If you plan on doing it naturally, you probably need to know certain things, such as natural bug-fighting concoctions and the soil’s pH balance. Growing an organic garden can be a bit difficult for a newbie. Learn more about organic gardening by reading the helpful tips below.
To make the most of your time in the garden, you should store all of your tools and implements in a close, accessible location. Use a bucket large enough to hold all your equipment or wear pants with multiple pockets. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. You should move your sprouted plants farther from the heat when they are past the sprouting stage. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you know when to remove the films.
Use about two to three inches of organic material as mulch in all of your flower beds. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.
Tuck away some plastic grocery bags and use them to slip over your muddy boots. Having these available lets you keep your flow in movement, and helps you return to your gardening fast so you can finish up your day.
Mix used coffee grounds into your soil. Coffee grounds contain many of the essential nitrogenous nutrients that plants are able to use. Using coffee grounds or any other source of nitrogen contributes to the growth of taller, fuller blooms.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. If you choose to use wood to construct your bed, choose a species that is naturally resistant to rot and avoid treated wood entirely. Some great choices to choose from are cedar, locust and cypress. Don’t use treated wood in a garden for vegetables because the chemicals contained in them can leak into the ground. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet.
Add mulch for healthy soil. The mulch will protect the soil underneath it. The roots of your garden are less likely to become overheated on hot days. This retains moisture for extended periods by reducing the rate at which water evaporates. This also helps all the weeds you have stay under control, relieving stress from your shoulders.
Look closely at the seedlings you purchase. Before buying any organic tomato seedlings to plant in your garden, you should investigate them for green starts and bad root systems. Lush green starts will remain on the seedlings and keep them from growing properly until they disappear.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.