Organic gardening is a rewarding hobby that anyone can enjoy, as long as they know what they’re doing. However, for a beginner, the whole gardening experience can be a very intimidating thing to enter into. So, what exactly should a novice learn and do when they want to start growing plants? Well, read the tips below, of course!
If you are planning to grow plants within the house, the temperature should be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees within the daylight hours. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures. You can also buy a heat lamp to maintain ideal conditions for your inside plants during the winter.
Just as when outside, plants kept inside need varying degrees of sunlight, which can be harder to obtain from indoors. If the garden will receive little sunlight, find plants that can grow in medium or low-light environments. You can also try using artificial lighting to help.
It can be extremely fast and easy to plant perennials into your garden. Turn over the soil in your garden so it will be soft and easy to plant before spreading wood chips around your garden. Give this area at least a few weeks, then you can dig into the area and plant the new perennials.
Your seeds, once they begin sprouting, don’t need the same amount of warmth as they did before. As your plants grow, move them away from the source of heat. Additionally, remove any plastic films that were on your containers. This will keep out warmth and humidity. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you know when to remove the films.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. Mulch will minimize weed growth and maximize nutrients and moisture. It will also increase the visual appeal of the flower beds.
Pine is a surprisingly good source of mulch. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. If you have acid loving plants, use pine needles as a mulch. If you spread a few inches of pine needles around your garden beds, when they break down, the acid they contain will leach into the soil.
Do not let your gardening chores add up. If you’re too busy to do all those little things each day, there are some small steps you can take to not have all that work build up on you. For example, pull a few weeds if you’re outside and waiting for your dog to finish his business.
When planting seeds you should cover them with fine soil. Determine its depth by looking at the seed’s size and multiplying it by three. Some seeds need sunlight and should not be buried. Some examples are petunias and ageratum. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
Use alcohol to help control the slugs in your garden by fashioning a beer trap. Bury a glass jar in your garden so that its open mouth is level with the top of the soil. Pour enough beer into the jar to fill it below an inch from the top. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. Using the advice you have read in this article, you can learn to garden organically like a pro.