Taking a step into the wondrous and green land of organic gardening for the very first time might feel a tad bit intimidating, but by keeping the helpful tips listed below in mind, you will soon find yourself growing organic plants on par with some of the best organic gardeners in the field.
Make your own compost. If you create your own compost at home, you can be absolutely certain of what goes into it, unlike if you purchase bags of compost from a gardening store. In addition, composting in your yard will attract helpful native wildlife such as insects that will balance the ecosystem of your garden.
As soon as your seeds start sprouting make sure they have enough light. Move your plants next to a sunny window or put them inside a greenhouse. If you cannot do this, use fluorescent lights. Remember that your plants need up to sixteen hours of light every day.
Water your plants during the morning to avoid having fungal growth that generally prefers moisture and darkness. By watering your plants during the day they are best able to take advantage of the sun, and utilize the suns anti-bacterial effects. Some bacteria or fungi are light sensitive, so by watering during the day you benefit the plant by reducing the growth potential of its competitors.
Here is a tip for organic gardening! Use a rain gauge. Most plants require about an inch of water per week. To know how much you need to water, it is important to know how much water the plants received from rain. As rainfall can vary greatly within a city, don’t depend on your weather report; instead use a rain gauge to determine the amount that fell at your location.
Avoid over fertilizing your plants. Over fertilizing can lead to lots of lush growth, that is soft and attractive to pests and animals. Slower growing gardens are often hardier, meaning they are better at resisting pests and diseases. This is one of those cases where too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing at all.
If you are going to go organic in your gardening efforts, be sure to mulch your garden with at least 3 inches of organic material. This will help to conserve water, add nutrients and humus to the soil and will discourage weeds. It also gives your garden a nice appearance.
Pests can be a challenge when you are starting organic gardening. You need to keep the soil that you are using healthy. Healthy soil brings forth healthy plants and they can withstand some damage from pests. Your plants will not only be healthy but they will be beautiful as well.
Trees and flower beds need at least three inches of organic materials. This adds humus, nutrients, conserves water in the soil, and discourages the growth of unwanted weeds! This will also give your flower beds a nice, even, and finished appearance. There are many organic mulches available or you can make your own.
Keep plastic grocery bags convenient to the nearest door to your garden. Working in your organic garden can be greatly enjoyable, but also messy. You can re-use plastic bags as impromptu shoe-covers so that you can enter your house without tracking in garden mud. This will allow you to deal with any indoor necessities quickly and get back to your gardening faster.
Try to get a good composition of healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil is generally more resistant to pests and other negative influences. How can you tell when a soil is “healthy?” Generally a healthy soil contains a good combination of earth worms, helpful microbes, and a good deal of mulch and compost on the surface area.
Save your seeds. If you save the seeds from your plants, you will have new plants at no cost the next season. Remember to keep them in a cool, dry place as this is essential for germination. Always select the seed from the best individual plant, as this will ensure that you get a good plant next time around. Normally you can simply collect them from a dried flower head, but when saving seeds from something like a tomato, melon, or pumpkin, you will need to dry them thoroughly before storing them for the winter.
Plant “cut and come” vegetables. Plants such as loose-leaf lettuce and broccoli will continue to furnish you with a small harvest every week over an extended period of time. Simply pick what you need and let the plant do the rest. The more you pick, the more it will produce!
So, after reading and applying the helpful tips listed above, you should feel a bit more at ease in the land of organic gardening. You have the tools, and it’s time to use them. You should feel excited and ready to begin your organic gardening adventure to grow healthier organic produce.