You are finally ready to try organic gardening. The timing is perfect, and it is time for you to begin. These tips will help you start an organic garden.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. Children love to pick their own fruit right out of the garden, and will be more willing to help with the process if they get something out of it.
Add aspirin to your plants to help them fight sickness. Dissolve one and one-half aspirins into two gallons of cold water, and use it to fortify your plants. Spray the plants with the aspirin water to assist plants in battling disease. Use this method every three weeks.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. Most likely, you will find your organic garden producing better once your property is home to the insects, birds, and other wildlife that plants rely on for pollination and the production and dispersal of seeds.
Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. It is important for them to be kept in this temperature range if they are to grow properly. If you do not want to keep your home that warm during the winter months, you can get a heat lamp for the organic plants instead.
If you are growing your organic plants inside of your home or office, it is vital to make sure that the right amount of light reaches them. If your windows are small or receive little light due to their positioning, a plant that requires little sunlight will be more comfortable and healthy. You can also try using artificial lighting to help.
Believe it or not, pine makes great mulch. Some plants are more acidic, and prefer soil that contains higher acidic levels. If you have these plants in your garden, keep them healthy by using pine needles as mulch. Spread the needles over the beds in a layer that is approximately 2-inches deep. Over time, the needles will begin to decay, supplying the soil with acid as they do.
Spacing is one of the primary considerations when planning an organic garden. You will most likely underestimate how much space plants will need as they grow. The plants need space due to sheer size and also for air circulation. If necessary, use a ruler to measure the distance between each plant.
Stay on top of your organic gardening to-do list, and don’t let the work pile up. Even if you are too busy to tend to your gardens needs every day, you can try little things that will prevent you from having a lot of work when you return to your garden. If you are outside with your dog, pluck a few weeds while your dog is taking care of his business.
As a good general practice, you should make sure to plant your seeds three seed-widths deep into their containers. However, some seeds do not need to be covered, they need the sunlight. Examples of these are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seeds should be covered or not, try to read the package or find the answer online.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Take a glass jar and bury it in your garden, making sure that the lip of the jar is even with the soil. Pour beer into the container to within an inch of the jar lip. The beer helps attract slugs and they end up trapped.
Try to use untreated wood, brick or stone and make a raised bed. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Cypress, cedar or locust wood are appropriate selections. Treated wood has chemicals that can be harmful to a vegetable garden. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil.
With these tips still fresh in your mind, you should be feeling more confident about your knowledge of organic gardening methods. Even if you already felt pretty prepared, the advice you’ve read should make you feel like an expert. Remember to apply these tips as you plan and take care of your garden.