Properly applying different techniques for organic gardening pays off in the long run. It lets other know that you are serious about getting the most out of your organic plants. It is quite admirable. Just like most things in life, there are continual ways to improve your skills. Below are some tips to help.
Get your kids to help you grow your organic garden. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
The optimal amount of organic mulch to use in your flower beds is 2-3 inches. This is a good way to keep weed growth at bay and add nutrients that you need in your garden. This will also give a nice, professional appearance to your garden all year.
Learn to work efficiently. Don’t waste time searching for lost tools. Prepare your equipment before you go into the garden and put everything away afterwards. Even something like a carpenter’s tool belt or some cargo jeans work well to keep tools organized.
Try to keep plastic bags on hand to cover shoes that are muddy. This helps you stay in the zone so that you can continue gardening when you have completed your tasks in the house.
Add used coffee grounds to your soil. Coffee has a lot of essential nutrients that plants need. Plants need an adequate nitrogen source in order to thrive. Adding coffee grounds, chemical fertilizer, or diluted urea to your soil increases the soil’s nitrogen content and will help to make your plants grow faster, taller and healthier.
The compost pile should include equal parts of dried material and green plant material. Examples of green plant material are spent flowers, fruit and vegetable waste, grass clippings, weeds, and leaves. Dried material includes straw, shredded paper, and cardboard. You should not use things like meat scraps, charcoal, blighted plants or the manure of meat-eating animals in your compost.
A rule of thumb for when you are planting seeds in containers is to make the hole depth around three times larger than the seed itself. There are exceptions to this rule though, as some seeds need direct sunlight to grow. This is true of popular flowers like petunias and zinnias. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.
Keep slugs out of your organic garden naturally, using a beer trap. First, place a glass canning jar in the soil, burying it until the mouth is even with the surface of the soil. Keep the jar filled with beer, up to about an inch from the top. The slugs will be drawn to the beer and then drown in the jar.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. Make sure the wood you use is untreated and rot resistant. Examples of good woods include cedar, cypress, and locust. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.
Now you know how you can use these ideas in your own garden. This is great news! These tips should provide you with a good basis for your gardening. You have likely, however, learned at least one thing that will be well put to use in your garden.