Are you scared of what chemicals lurk in commercial fertilizer or pesticides? No longer worrying about these toxic chemicals is just one of the many benefits of gardening organically. Another benefit is that organic gardening techniques are often cost little-to-nothing. These tips will get you right into the swing of organic gardening and improve your skill in no time.
Gradually acclimate plants to temperature changes and conditions, if you want to avoid shocking them. At first, only leave them outside for a brief period of time. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. Once the transition is complete, your plants will probably be able to tolerate the outdoor conditions.
Start your plant in pots before you plant them in your garden. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. It also lets you have tighter control over the planting periods in your garden. Your seedlings will be ready to be planted when you remove your old mature plants.
Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. Tools with substantial handles, like rakes, hoes and large shovels are great for taking measurements. Simply lay the handles out on the floor and run a measuring tape next to them. Label the distances using a permanent marker. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. You can get a soil analysis, and if you find your soil needs a supplement, do it! Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
You could try to boil weeds if you are trying to remain organic. This is a safe way to eliminate weeds, as this will not damage the soil. Soak weeds with freshly boiled water, just being mindful to not afflict damage on plants you want to keep. Boiling water is not good for the weed roots and will stunt further growth.
There is always a best time to pick your garden’s vegetables, and you should know them. There is a specific time to pick every sort of vegetable in order to maximize its taste and cooking utility. For instance, zucchini and baby peas have the best taste when you pick them early. Tomatoes, however, are best picked from the vine later when they are very ripe. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
Vegetables are softer in the heat of the hottest part of the day; even gently picking them at that time can damage them. Make sure to chop the vegetables off the vine, but be careful not to twist them. Twisting can actually damage the plant.
Organic gardening is healthier. You won’t be exposing your plants – and yourself to toxins or chemicals. Use the tips you just read to help you start planting your organic garden. You should expect to see more wildlife inhabiting your garden as your garden works more with nature.