Organic gardening is wonderfully therapeutic and anyone can enjoy it. Gardening can be overwhelming for a beginner. So, how can you best prepare yourself as a novice organic gardener? Well, reading through the tips in this article is a start.
Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you do not, you might shock them and cause them to die. Place them outside in the sunlight for an hour or two on the first day. Over the week, try gradually increasing the time they’re left outside. By weeks end, you should have plants that are ready for a permanent home outside with no problem!
In order for plants to grow, they must have enough CO2. The majority of plants grow much better when CO2 levels are at their highest. Greenhouses help contain C02 to keep levels high. CO2 levels are best kept high, in order to provide optimal growing conditions for your plants.
A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. Investing in a comfortable pair of knee pads made specifically for gardening can really reduce the pain you may feel from the pressure of being on your knees for extended periods.
You can help provide nutrients by watering your plants with room temperature water that is leftover after cooking vegetables. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil. Spray your plants with a 9:1 mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide to eliminate fungus without harming your plants.
Be careful how you water your garden. Put down the watering can or garden hose, and spread out a time-saving soaker hose instead. Turn down the water pressure to its lowest setting, as anything higher could harm the plants. You can go about your business and leave your soaker hose at work for an hour or two.
If you want to draw advantageous insects to your garden, plant some heather. Heather will attract bees early in the spring as well as other beneficial insects. Heather doesn’t usually require a lot of tending, so spiders, ground beetles and other good bugs like to call it home. With this in mind, be sure to prune your heather while wearing gardening gloves.
Take the time needed to plant your seeds. Water the soil first. Then, evenly spread the seeds according to the type of plant and how much room they require for good growth. Bury your seeds about three times deeper than the size that they are. Not all seeds are meant to be buried in soil, there are certain types of seeds that only grow in the light.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. Your seedlings should be moved away from any heat source. Plastic films should be removed on the containers, as that helps to keep out humidity and warmth. Keep an eye on your seeds so you will know when this should be done.
Make sure you work in your garden every day. Don’t spend 30 minutes searching for a tool. Take the time to prepare the necessary tools, and then store them in a easily accessed place once you are done gardening. Even something like a carpenter’s tool belt or some cargo jeans work well to keep tools organized.
After reading this article, you should have a better idea of the appeal of growing an organic garden. The activity is fun, relaxing, rewarding and potentially challenging. If you remember these tips the next time you are in the garden, you will be much more successful.