Gardening is a relaxing and fun hobby for many people around the world, but doing it organically is even more rewarding. But, if you’re just getting started, the various challenges of gardening can seem insurmountable. How should a novice gardener get started? They should read this article, obviously!
Remember to remove weeds from the garden. If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. For this task, try using white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. Mix white vinegar and water into a spray bottle instead of pulling the weeds by hand.
Your vegetable garden should get at least six hours of sun daily. Most vegetables need at least that much sun for optimal growth speed. The same can be said for some flowers.
Always have a plan for the garden prior to the start of planting it. Use your seed packages to make fun markers that will remind you where each type of plant is growing. Another benefit is that you won’t lose the little plants in a big garden patch.
Knee pads are a gardener’s friend when caring for plants low to the ground. Excessive time spent kneeling often results in significant stiffness and pain. Cushion your knees with a pair of gardening knee pads.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. When opening a garden, the most green method of beginning is from seed. Many nurseries use plastic growing pots that are very seldom recycled. Try buying from organic nurseries and farms so your garden is not using anti-environmental products.
Fertilize your garden. Manure can be effective, though you should use products which minimize pathogens. You can choose from many different fertilizers. Do not worry about the kind of fertilizer you end up using but definitely put down something.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Slugs are repelled by bordering your vegetable garden with either onions or marigolds. Keep insects away from shrub and tree seedlings with mulch containing wood ash. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
Aid them by dumping any leftover water from steaming vegetables over them. In order to help acidify the soil for plants like gardenias and rhododendrons, you can use coffee and tea grounds. If your garden has a fungus problem, a highly effective treatment method is to sprinkle it with chamomile tea.
Always dress appropriately when gardening in order to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun. Choose hats with overlapping brims, don those sunglasses and smear on the sunscreen. If you properly protect yourself from the sun, you will not get a sun burn and you will decrease your risk of getting skin cancer.
Do you want to kill weeds in a natural way? A good thick layer of newspaper can be laid down to control weeds. In order to grow, weeds need sunlight. The newspaper will block sunlight and weeds won’t be able to grow. Old newspapers are a valuable addition to your compost heap. Of course, you may wish to cover the paper with mulch to make it appear more attractive.
Research local botanical insecticides which can help keep any pest population down. All insecticides are strong, including botanical ones. However, because botanical insecticides are biological, they often decay and disappear quickly.
It is by now obvious how beneficial and enjoyable organic gardening can truly be when you know how to approach it. Watching your garden grow can be a source of great pleasure and joy. By using the tips in this article, you will soon be enjoying the fruits of your labor!