Organic gardening is the alternative to using toxic products such as fertilizers or pesticides on the food you are going to eat and the environment you live in. Also, organic gardening can save you a lot of money. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Clay is naturally hard, and can can stick to a shovel making it frustrating to work with. Rub a thin layer of floor or car wax over the surface of the shovel, and then buff the surface using a clean cloth. This will make shoveling in clay soil easier. The wax will prevent any rusting, and the shovel will cut through the soil with great ease.
A good green garden should start from seeds and not plants. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. The problem is those plastic trays which end up in landfills and are not generally recycled. Plants in organic packagingn or seeds sown in your garden, are fine .
Use natural pest control when possible. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. Wood ash around your tree will help you keep pests away as well. You can avoid using pesticides that contain harsh chemicals if you employ these techniques.
If you have a vegetable garden, one of your main enemies is garden pests. Do not spray harsh chemicals on the vegetables you are going to eat. Research the methods available for eliminating garden pests organically. When you catch a potential infestation early, the solution may be as simple as picking the pests off of your plants with your fingers.
During the day, when the weather is hot, vegetables tend to be softer, which causes them to be damaged even if you gently pick them. See to it that you cut their connection to the vine as opposed to twisting them, because twisting could hurt the plant.
Heather can bring you beneficial insects. Heather is great for getting bees to stop by at the beginning of spring, as heather plants have nectar available early in the season. Plant a heather bed, it will house many bugs that are good for a garden such as spiders and ground beetles. For this reason, you should always remember to put on your gardening gloves when tending to your heather.
Are you a parent? If you are, try planting some strawberries like everbearing strawberries in your garden. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
Take care of your knees when you’re gardening. Most people can’t bend over while standing up for a long period of time. Kneeling is a good way to reach plants without causing back stress. A knee pad can be placed under your knees to protect them from damage and strain while you are working.
Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. Remove plants from the heated environment once they begin growing. Plastic films should be removed on the containers, as that helps to keep out humidity and warmth. Check on your seeds often so you catch them when they are ready.
Putting the advice you just learned to use in your organic garden will help you realize several benefits, including having healthy plants and a reduction in toxins. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.