Many individuals prefer organic gardening, as they fear the possible long-term effects on their health as well as the environment from the many commercial pesticides and fertilizers that are used. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. You just need to use your garden spade for slicing underneath the turf, then flip it, and finally spread about three or four inch deep piles of wood chips. Allow the newly turned soil to sit for two weeks, then plant your perennials.
An old laundry basket works great for gathering produce from your garden. A laundry basket will act as a strainer for your produce. Rinse the product off whilst it’s in the basket so that any extra water can strain through the laundry basket’s holes.
Do you want to get rid of weeds in a natural way? Layer sheets of newspaper on the surface of areas where you are trying to control weeds. The main thing that a weed needs to thrive is sunlight. The layers of newspaper will kill the weeds because they no longer receive any sunlight. You can use newspapers because of how nicely they break down, they can be added into compost. You can cover the newspapers with mulch to make them look more attractive if you like!
When planting seeds in containers, remember that the planting depth should be around three times bigger than the seed size. There are exceptions to this rule though, as some seeds need direct sunlight to grow. Ageratum and petunias fall into this category. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
A beer trap can help to eradicate slugs. Start by burying a wide-mouth jar in the soil, ensuring that the rim of the jar is just at the soil’s surface. Pour enough beer into the jar to fill it below an inch from the top. The scent of the beer will bait the slugs into the jar and they will become trapped.
While organic gardening costs more and requires more effort, the produce that will come out of your garden will be healthier for you. Chemical giants claim miracles, but those miracle crops come at a price to whoever eats the produce.
Utilize the advice provided here, and you will soon be on your way to having a flourishing organic garden that is both healthy and free of pollutants. You should notice more wildlife present in your garden if you use natural methods.