There are a lot of ways to create an organic garden you can be proud of. You just need to master a few techniques and methods then learn as you go.
Get Children Involved
If you have children, planting some strawberries for them is a great idea. Children love to hunt for new ripe strawberries, and it nicely sets the habit in them for searching and trying other goodies you’ve planted as well.
Keep it Natural
If you like the concept of organic gardening, then why not take it one step further by leaving some of your land undeveloped for the area’s wildlife? Wildlife can help the plants in your garden to thrive, as insects support plant reproduction, while the excrement of many species contains nutrients which can help to fertilize your soil.
Keep the temperature in your home between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, if you are keeping or growing any kind of plant in your house. The plants need this temperature in order to effectively grow. If your home isn’t that warm during in winter, try a heat lamp to use on your organic plants instead.
It is simple to prepare your garden for perennial flowers. Simple slice into the soil with a spade, flip the turf, and mulch the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips. Give this area at least a few weeks, then you can dig into the area and plant the new perennials.
When a seed actually sprouts, it doesn’t need to be in as warm an environment. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. Uncover your containers; the plastic wrap traps humidity, so you need to remove it to stop your plants from overheating. Watching your plants as they grow will give you the insight on when to employ these tactics.
When you are doing work in your garden, be efficient and get organised. Don’t spend wasted minutes searching for that tool you need. Set up the tools you will need for a gardening session before hitting the garden dirt, then put them away in an organized way neatly at the end of your work (it’s definitely a case of do as I say, not as I do in this regard I’m afraid – just ask the wife). One good way to help with this is to buy a tool belt or a pair of utility pants with a lot of big pockets.
Within your composting heap, ensure that there is an equal split of dried and green plant materials. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. Dried plant material, however, can include items such as cardboard, sawdust and shredded paper. Never put meat in your compost or even the waste from your family pets. These can harbor diseases that won’t be killed by the composting process.
A rule of thumb followed by many planters is to bury the seeds in soil to a depth of around three times the diameter of the actual seed. You should know that certain seeds need not be covered, because they need the sunlight. Petunias and ageratum are two examples of seeds that require sunlight. If you are unsure about your seed’s requirements for sunlight, the resources are often provided along with the seeds, or you can find out online.
A useful technique for organic gardening, is to gently disturb your seedlings by using your fingers or a piece of cardboard one or two times daily. While it might sound strange, research has shown that this method can increase the size of your plants.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. Any wood you use needs to be untreated and resistant to rot. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. If you use your garden to grow vegetables, avoid using wood that has been treated with chemicals. These toxic chemicals may seep into the soil, damaging your crops. If the ground cover you’ve used already contained treated lumber, line it with a barrier of some form.
If you wish to honestly proclaim your produce to be truly organic, you need to secure organic garden certification. Having certification will increase your sales and verify to your customers that what you are selling is the best produce available.
Anyone can plant a garden, but only those with the proper knowledge will receive the most out of their crop. It is important to put these organic tips to good use.