An organic garden provides you with a much healthier diet. Consider your garden an investment of your time and hard work. Are you wondering where to start?
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. You can convert any large handle tool, such as a hoe, shovel, or rake into a measuring tool. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Mark your distances with a permanent marker. When the need arises to measure something while in your garden, the measuring tool you need will literally be “on hand,” sketched into the handles of your tools.
Insects and various garden pests can be avoided by making your soil healthy. Healthier plants are greater in strength and resistance to illness and insects. So if you want your garden to provide plants that are as healthy as possible, you need a good quality soil that contains few chemicals and that can accumulate salts over time.
For the best results, select the right kind of soil. Different types of plants require different soils, so check soil requirements for the ones you choose. You can designate one area of your garden to use one specific type of soil.
Soak your seeds in a dark spot during the overnight hours. Drop your seeds into a small jar that is filled with cold water. This will hydrate your seeds and it will cause them to grow faster. This way, the seeds will have a much better shot at survival once they are planted.
Make sure to protect your tender shrubs from the elements. Fragile shrubs, that are planted in pots, should be covered to protect them during the cold season. Tie the tops of the canes together; then take a sheet and cover the wigwam loosely. This is more effective than putting plastic on the plant, it will let the air flow.
To keep pests away, you can use plants in the garden or other natural materials. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Wood ash also makes a great insect deterrent; simply use it as mulch around your shrub and tree seedlings. Using these methods eliminates your need of chemical pesticides.
All of your vegetable plants should have approximately two inches, just outside the stem, of organic mulch placed around them. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Organic gardening requires work, effort and research. For the best possible results, one must be willing to put forth a lot of energy into their horticulture. Now, after reading the tips from this article, you have the knowledge necessary in order to be a successful organic gardener.