If you are environmentally conscious and worried about the toxic effects of chemicals, organic gardening may be for you. Organic gardeners eschew the harsh chemicals and fertilizers used by large corporate farms. Organic gardening is also cheap and requires very little equipment. These tips will get you right into the swing of organic gardening and improve your skill in no time.
To prevent your plants’ systems from becoming shocked, you need to gradually transition them from higher to lower temperatures. The first day you transfer your plants, you should only allow them to sit in direct sunlight for a few hours. Over a week, increase the time outside slowly. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Lay the handles on the floor, then run the measuring tape down next to them. It’s a good idea to label distances with a permanent marker. This will allow you to have a ruler at your fingertips when you are working out in the garden.
Make sure you remove the weeds from your garden! Weeds steal nutrients from plants, robbing a garden of its potential harvest. White vinegar is a pesticide-free way to battle weeds. White vinegar is a weed killer! Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
Mint is a very tasty herb that has a tendency to run wild in the garden if not kept in check. Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. You can bury the container so the top is flush with the ground if desired, but the container’s walls will prevent the roots from spreading so that the plant won’t take over your entire garden.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your garden will repel slugs. Using wood ash as mulch around the base of trees and shrub seedlings will also help keep away insect pests. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
Novice gardeners should read the manuals on all gardening tools and chemicals prior to using them. If you miss this easy step, you run the risk of harming yourself due to the chemicals that can irritate your skin. Protect your plants and yourself by knowing how to correctly use all of your gardening implements.
Don’t use pesticides that aren’t meant to kill specific types of garden pests. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. Bugs that provide a benefit to your garden are more easily killed by these broad-spectrum pesticides, you may simply end up with a bigger pest problem. This will leave you using even more pesticides to fix the problem.
Choose one stand-out plant to be a focal point. A good garden design will have a focal point which captivates attention. Usually, the focal point will be a plant that is unique from the plants around it.
Hopefully the useful advice in this article will help you create and maintain your own beautiful, healthy, and toxin free organic garden. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.