Starting an organic garden is a smart step in creating a healthier diet. Much patience and effort are required though, in order to produce a successful and flourishing organic garden. This probably has you wondering where to start your own garden.
Turn your tool handles into convenient rulers. Tools that have long handles such as rakes, hoes and shovels can be used in place of a measuring stick. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Then, with a permanent marker, you want to label distances. Now, every time you work in your garden, you are going to have a powerful ruler at the touch of your fingertips.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. Put a little baking soda and some dish soap in water. This solution can be sprayed onto your plants once per week until the problem is resolved. Baking soda will not damage your plants and treats the mildew gently but efficiently.
Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Before you ruin any crops, make sure you do this. Soil can be analyzed at a lot of cooperative extension offices, so make sure you plan accordingly.
A set of knee pads is a great investment if your garden has a lot of low-growing plants. Long hours spent in the garden will wreak havoc on your knees. Knee pads offer your knees the extra cushioning they need to stay comfortable during extended periods in the garden.
Natural materials or some other plants can be used in your garden for keeping away pests. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
So, as you have seen, it is true that organic gardening requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. It is also true that in order to see results, that you have to keep at it. If you keep all these suggestions in mind, you have taken the right steps towards becoming a successful organic gardener.