Just about anyone can become an organic gardener. It’s a fun, relaxing hobby that has a lot of benefits. Starting to garden can be intimidating at first. So, how does a novice learn more about gardening? This article will give you some great ideas to begin.
Transform your gardening tool handles into clever measurement rulers. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. Just lay your tool down on the floor then lay a yardstick beside the handle. Paying close attention to the measurements, use a black marker to establish each interval along the handle’s side in a clearly visible manner. Now you will always possess a large ruler ready for your use in the garden.
You can use boiling water to get rid of weeds naturally. Water is cheaper than chemical herbicides, and less hazardous to humans and soil. One simple layer across the weeds with a pot of boiling water will take care of the problem, but you have to remember the same applies to your plants, as well. The extreme heat of the water will cause damage to the weeds’ roots, which will stop them from growing any more.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? Contain their growth with a garden container or large pot instead. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
You can prevent pests from invading your garden with certain plants and natural materials. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. Doing these things can ensure that you do not need potentially harmful chemicals.
When growing a vegetable garden it can be hard to control pests. Since your vegetables are meant to be eaten, refrain from spraying them with harsh chemicals. Instead of resorting to these harmful chemicals, you can keep garden pests at bay simply by paying close attention. If you catch pests early, you can remove them by hand effectively.
If you have a cut on your hand, take the time to make sure it is either healed or completely covered before you put your hands in the soil. Open wounds can easily get infected while gardening because you’re exposing yourself to dirt, bacteria and germs. You can completely seal the area using some of the great bandages that are now available.
Have your tools for gardening nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with gardening. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Store a few plastic bags near your garden to slip on over your dirty gardening shoes. Doing this prevents lengthy work interruptions, and allows you to finish the job quickly.
Now you have the groundwork of knowledge necessary to start enjoying organic gardening. Properly growing your garden can involve serious relaxation and even some fun. By applying the advice and insights of this article, you can garden as good as the professionals.