Many people get into organic gardening since they fear the toxic effects of commercial pesticides and fertilizers, both on the environment and their health. Organic gardening is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. To begin your journey into the world of organic gardening, follow these tips.
Clay is difficult to dig through with a shovel, as it is sticky and compact. To make working in clay easier, rub the shovel with floor or car wax and then buff it with a cloth. This will keep the soil from sticking, and prevent rusting of the tool.
When fall is here, you need to plant autumn edibles. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Cut an opening in the pumpkin and scoop the insides out. Then spray the edges and empty inside of the pumpkin with Wilt-Pruf so the pumpkin doesn’t rot. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Do not mow your lawn too short. If your grass has more height, roots be able to grow more deeply in the soil, which will make for a stronger lawn and will have a higher resistance to drying out. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
When you decide to add vegetables into your garden space, be aware that they must be placed where they will receive direct sunlight for a minimum of six hours daily. Almost all vegetables need this much sunlight, so that they can grow correctly and in a shorter amount of time. Some flowers also require direct sunlight for a portion of each day.
Consider adding coffee grounds to your soil if it contains high levels of alkaline. This affordable trick will give back the acid that your dirt requires. When you can eliminate excess alkaline from the soil, it makes what you are growing much healthier. This means your veggies will taste better, and your flowers will be more vibrant than ever.
Deciduous shrubs and young trees need to be protected. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. You want to then tie the tops of the canes together, and cover them with a sheet or blanket. This will work better than wrapping your plant with plastic, because air can still circulate, which will help to prevent rotting.
Try to keep your plants aerated and dry, every day. If your plants get too moist, they may get sick or infested with parasites. One common organism that thrives on moisture is the fungi family. It is possible to control fungi with sprays, but the key is to treat your garden before any problems arise.
Place organic mulch as close to your vegetables as you can. Mulch has a nice moisturizing effect on the soil it’s spread over. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. This could save you lots of weed-pulling time.
Look for targeted pesticides instead of using popular but damaging broad-spectrum products. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
By following some of the tips we include in this article, you’ll be up and running in no time and will soon have a good supply of produce grown in your own garden. You can also look forward to a rise in the number of wild visitors you receive in your garden.