Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. Additionally, most organic gardening techniques cost very little money. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Always allow your plants to adapt gradually to any changes in light conditions, temperatures or soils, if you do not, you might shock them and cause them to die. You need to give them about an hour of sunlight during the first day. Over the course of a week, slowly increase the amount of time that you leave them outside. Finally, after about a week, you should be able to move them outside and leave them there for the summer.
Fill your garden with bulbs if you want to enjoy beautiful flowers through the spring and into summer. Planting and growing bulbs is very simple, and once planted the bulbs will grow for years. You can select bulbs that bloom at many different times, so with a little work, you could have flowers popping up all the way from the start of spring to the end of summer.
Autumn not only means colder weather but new vegetables to plant. Rather than putting standard clay vessels into use when planting crops of lettuce and kale, think about using pumpkins instead. Slice a hole around the stem, and pull the pumpkin top out. Then remove the guts and use Wilt-Pruf to cover the insides and prevent rot. Once you’ve done that, you can plant!
If you learn that your soil has a high amount of alkaline, mix some used coffee grounds into it. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. After doing so, you will notice that your greenery and garden will be colorful and fresh.
Do you enjoy fresh mint, but don’t like how they engulf your garden in their growth? Control their expansion by confining them to a large pot. You can simply put the container below the soil level. Once you do, the container will constrain the roots, preventing them from overshadowing all of your other plants.
In order to rid your garden of pests, take advantage of plant materials and other organic matter. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Another way to get rid of pests is to spread wood ash at ground level around shrubs and tree plantings. Using methods like these eliminates the need for chemical pesticides, which can be harsh or even harmful.
Start using these tips right away, and you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy, pollutant free organic garden in no time. When you are organic gardening and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!