A lot of people become interested in organic gardening due to worry about long-term, poisonous effects of pesticides and commercial fertilizers on the environment and their personal health. Also, many organic gardening techniques are quite inexpensive. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
Have your tools for gardening nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with gardening. 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.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Add coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. Coffee grounds add many nitrogenous nutrients to the soil that will benefit your plants. Usually, nitrogen is limited with a plant, but using coffee grounds, diluted urea, or compost can make your plants grow faster and taller.
Make sure you consider adequate spacing when planting your garden, so that each plant is given room enough to grow and flourish. Do not underestimate the space that plants need to develop their root systems. Your plants will need the space not only because of their physical size, but also because the space will provide air circulation for the garden. Make sure that you map out your garden layout beforehand and place your seeds with an adequate amount of space in between each.
Regular maintenance prevents your gardening tasks from becoming overwhelming and unappealing. Even if you end up being too busy to do garden chores every day, do small tasks that will help you avoid having to do large tasks when you finally do have time. For example, pull a few weeds if you’re outside and waiting for your dog to finish his business.
Old laundry baskets are handy tools at harvest time. The laundry basket will function as a makeshift strainer for the fruits and vegetables. After you have rinsed your produce in the laundry basket, the water will just drain right out the sides.
Is there a natural way to kill weeds? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Weeds cannot grow without light. When you cover weeds with newspaper layers, they suffocate due to lack of light. The paper will break down quickly and cleanly, adding to your compost. You can add mulch on top for aesthetic reasons.
It is a great idea to help your garden by ruffling seedlings, either with cardboard or with your own hands, a couple of times each day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. When your garden is working with nature, you can also expect to see an increase in the amount of wildlife that inhabits your garden.