If you want to embrace a healthier lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, organic gardening is the way to go. However, organic gardening does require a commitment. Knowing this might make you ponder where you should start and what aspects of organic gardening are most important.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. Hybrids are usually hardier in terms of disease and weather resistance, and are designed to produce more.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into measuring rulers. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. Now you have easy access to a long ruler whenever you are gardening.
The kind of soil you use will influence the results. Depending on the types of plants you would like to grow, your garden’s soil might need to be amended with different substances to alter drainage, acidity and other charactheristics that make plants happy. You can make an artificial area that uses a single kind of soil.
Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Put some seeds in a container and fill the container to the brim with water. This will give your seeds a good start by making sure they have plenty of water, which they need to sprout. The seeds will be better able to survive and grow up.
You can alleviate this problem by planting grasses that your cat will naturally gravitate towards. You can also put something on top of the soil around the plants that has an offensive smell to cats, such as mothballs or citrus peel.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. Doing this makes it easier to keep track of where you planted what when you first start to see sprouts. It’s also a good way to keep smaller plants from getting swallowed up by the rest of your garden.
A quality garden must be grown from seeds. It’s better for the environment to begin from seed. The planters used to hold nursery plants are generally not made from eco-friendly materials, and thus get thrown into landfills. Starting from seeds, or buying from one of the few nurseries that use biodegradable planters, prevents this.
There are natural materials, and you can also use other plants to help keep pests away from your garden. Slugs can be kept at bay with a patch of marigolds or pungent vegetables. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. These methods are environmentally-friendly and mean you do not have to resort to harsh chemicals.
An easy, inexpensive way to give them nutrients is to pour the leftover water from your steamed vegetables into the soil. If you grow rhododendrons, azaleas or gardenias, increase the acid in your your soil by working in coffee or tea grounds. Chamomile tea can be an effective treatment against fungus attacking plants.
In conclusion, creating and maintaining an organic garden requires hard work, effort and research. It is also true that in order to see results, that you have to keep at it. With the advice from this article, you are now ready to begin a successful organic gardening adventure.