Organic gardening can be a great hobby to enter into, no matter how much knowledge or skill you have associated with it. There is more to organic gardening than many people think. Read through these tips to see the fun and reap the delicious benefits that can be had with this relaxing hobby.
A great trick for organic gardeners and a neat way to reuse plastic milk jugs are to use them as a form of self irrigation for your garden. All you need to do is poke little holes into the bottom of plastic 1 gallon jugs, bury the jugs next to your plants and make sure to leave an opening. Fill the jugs allowing the water to seep slowly into the ground.
Embrace earthworms in the organic garden! Earthworms are an organic gardener’s best friend. Through tunneling and their nitrogen-rich castings, they can help to aerate the soil. This improves the amount of oxygen that gets to a plant’s roots, improves water retention capacity, and keeps the soil loose and workable. They actually raise much-needed minerals from the garden’s subsoil to the topsoil, where plants can get the greatest benefit. These worms also break up hardpan soil, which is detrimental to root growth.
For some plants, pine needles makes an ideal mulch. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. When you have plants like this, nothing is easier than to gather pine needles for your beds. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.
When building or maintaining a compost pile, it is important not to add coal ash or charcoal to the pile. Both ash and charcoal have high amounts of iron and sulfur, as well as other unwanted chemicals, that may pollute the soil and potentially harm the health of your plants.
If you are experiencing a problem with slugs or other insects, a wonderful organic contact pesticide is diatomaceous earth. You can buy this at most garden centers, and it comes in a white powder form. It is an abrasive material that will kill the critters by damaging the skin of the slugs and joints of the insects.
The compost pile should include equal parts of dried material and green plant material. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
Most organic fertilizers will not harm the soft roots of plants, unlike, synthetic fertilizers. A great way to use an organic fertilizer is to mix it with the top two inches of soil next to the plant. This is called side-dressing, and it is usually worked into the soil during the growing season.
As was previously stated, organic gardening can be a great hobby for anyone to get into. It takes a little knowledge to learn the basics so that you can start growing your garden correctly, but you don’t have to become an expert to do so. Just keep those tips in mind.