So you want to try your hand at organic gardening? Do you know anything about this type of gardening? Do you know about all of the different kinds of seeds and tools that you can use? If these questions raise more questions than you can answer, try looking at the tips below.
It is important to rotate your organic plants regularly when you are attempting to grow an indoor garden. Plants bend toward wherever a light source is. If you do not rotate your plants there is a good chance that they will all bend toward one side which will limit the amount of vegetables that grow on the plants.
Coat your flower beds with a few inches of an organic mulch. This practice is an easy way to discourage weeds, retain moisture, and add valuable nutrients to your garden. This also gives your flower beds a more aesthetic aspect.
Integrate low-growing strawberries into your yard’s landscape. Instead of setting aside fruit plants in a separate area, choose strawberries, such as alpine varieties, to use a ground cover that doubles as a fruit garden. These spreading, low-growing plants look attractive and grow well in areas that have a lot of sun.
Attract positive bugs to your garden. Bugs like lady-bugs actually hunt natural predators to your plants; aphids and caterpillars are just some of the nasty critters that can go through a garden and eat the leaves of the plants. Lady bugs are the natural predators to such pests and help the growth of a good healthy garden by consuming pests.
Use compost to improve the quality of your soil. Compost comes from the breakdown of natural vegetation, and it is organic. It improves the structure of your soil by making it less dense, thus allowing better water permeability. Compost can also be used to balance the pH level of your soil.
The compost pile should include equal parts of dried material and green plant material. “Green” material refers to things like wilted flowers, weeds, leaves from your yard, and grass clippings. Dried material includes straw, shredded paper, and cardboard. Never put meat in your compost or even the waste from your family pets. These can harbor diseases that won’t be killed by the composting process.
When planting seeds you should cover them with fine soil. Determine its depth by looking at the seed’s size and multiplying it by three. Some seeds need to be in direct sunlight, though, so you need to know information about each type of seed. Petunias and ageratum are two examples of seeds that require sunlight. If you are not sure whether your seeds need to be exposed to sunlight, resources are usually provided with the seeds or can be found online.
If you are beginning an organic garden, you should make sure that you re-pot your seedlings into larger containers with a compost mix as soon as your seedlings begin crowding each other in their original containers. If you do not do this, your seeds will eventually suffocate themselves and die.
Organic gardening means trying to grow plants as naturally as possible without the use of chemicals. So when the time comes to kill harmful, plant-eating insects, try planting a few flowers in your vegetable garden. The flowers will attract beneficial insects that naturally kill the harmful ones. These beneficial insects perform other valuable services like pollination as well as pest control.
Do you now understand what makes organic gardening great? Do you know about seeds and tools and how to use them? If you have an idea of how to answer these questions, then you have read and understood what it takes to become a better and smarter organic gardener.