Organic gardening has become more popular with increased concern about the effects of fertilizers and chemicals on the environment, as well as overall health. Another benefit of organic gardening is that it is relatively inexpensive. Below are some great tips to assist you grow to be the organic gardener that you hope to be.
Involve the whole family in your gardening hobby; children find growing things to be very interesting. Growing a garden is a great way to teach your children about nature while allowing you to have time to bond with them.
One way to encourage an organic garden to be sustainable and healthy is to put aside a section to stay undeveloped, thus encouraging wildlife to approach it. This is a great natural way to allow the insects and animals found in nature to assist with the growth of your garden.
Your seeds, once they begin sprouting, don’t need the same amount of warmth as they did before. To ensure that your plants do not suffer shock, start eliminating the use of a heat source. You can now take off any protective coverings on your plants that were there to shield them from the elements. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you know when to remove the films.
Pine can be a wonderful mulch. Many types of plants thrive in soil that has high acid levels. Pine needles to line the bed of your garden are easy to find for these kinds of plants. Cover up your beds with a few inches of needles. As they start to decompose, they’ll spread out acid onto the ground and soil.
When you plant the seeds in containers, be sure the planting’s depth is three times bigger than the seed. Some seeds need sunlight and should not be buried. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. If you’re not sure if your seeds need sunlight, you can find out online or through the seeds’ package.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. In a veggie garden, don’t use treated wood since its chemicals can leech into the food crops and soil. If you have already used lumber that is treated, you can line it with plastic or another type of barrier.
Have you ever given any thought to using organic gardening methods to grow garlic? Plant garlic cloves individually. Do this in early spring or during the fall in moist and well drained soils. The cloves should be planted four inches apart from one another and about one to two inches deep, with their ends pointed up. The green shoots can be used as they grow. Use them in place of scallions or chives. The garlic will be matured when the green tops start drying out and turning brown. Leave the bulbs out the sunshine for a few days until the skin gets hard. Store the cloves in a cool area. They can be tied or left loose.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. You might actually notice more wildlife in and around your garden due to your natural gardening methods.