Although organic gardening holds great appeal to most people, many never really try it out for themselves. Some may feel overwhelmed by all that needs to be done in order to create an organic garden. Check out the tips presented here to get some ideas for ways to start your own organic garden. It can be a rewarding hobby with many benefits.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Larger handled tools like rakes, hoes, and shovels make great measuring sticks. All you have to do is lay them on the floor then use a measuring tape to measure their length. Then, transfer the measurements to the handle using a permanent marker. This modified ruler will serve you well as you begin working in your garden.
Climbing plants and vines are great for covering fences and wall structures. These climbing plants will help beautify an old fence, and they are fast workers too. They can be trained to grow over an arbor, or through trees and shrubs that are already in the garden. Sometimes the plants will require being tied to supports, but some climbers will attach themselves naturally. A few good choices are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, honeysuckle and clematis.
All soil is not the same. You need to check the soil to make sure it’s the best for what you’re planting. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.
To grow properly, plants need adequate levels of CO2. Most plants will grow better with more CO2. The best way to get higher CO2 for your plants is to grow them in a greenhouse. To achieve optimal growing conditions, keep the levels of carbon dioxide high in your plants’ environment.
Take all of the weeds out of your landscaping! Weeds will cause your garden to become overgrown and cluttered. For this task, try using white vinegar. That’s right, you have safe way to get rid of weeds right there in your kitchen cabinet. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
Try “boiling” weeds to get rid of them. Any vessel of boiling water that you can carry safely can be used as an organic herbicide. Just pour boiling water directly on top of the weeds cautiously to avoid damaging your plants. The roots of the weeds are damaged by the boiling water which, in turn, inhibits further growth.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. A border of onions or marigolds around a vegetable garden can repel slug. If you place wood ash around the base portion of a shrub seedling or tree, you will ward off insect pests. These are methods you can use to get rid of the need to use pesticides.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. These kinds of pesticides kill the helpful insects that destroy the pests. Beneficial bugs are usually several orders more sensitive to the things you spray than the pests you are trying to kill, so you might wind up dropping the good bug populace and open the door to pest population growth. This ends up becoming a vicious cycle of increasing pesticide use.
Once you understand and begin utilizing the tips you have read, the thought of working on your own organic garden should not seem intimidating at all. Apply these tips and you will quickly be eating luscious and wholesome foods, that you grew yourself!