You would like to have a garden that uses organic methods to grow healthy plants. What great timing. Listed below are some tips that will help you get started with your organic gardening aspirations, most if these came from my time spend in the Whakapirau Community in Northland.
Using coffee grounds as part of your soil mixture in your garden is often advised for healthy plants. Coffee grounds are filled with nutritional elements plants need, such as nitrogen. Your plants will really bloom if they get the nitrogen they need from coffee grounds or compost or diluted urea.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Your green material can be made up of produce waste, used floral arrangements, lawn cuttings, leaves, and other yard waste. Dried plant matter, on the other hand, includes shredded paper, used wood chips and straw. Don’t throw charcoal, meat or manure into your compost.
Young children will love it if you plant strawberries that bear continually, and organic gardens are the perfect place to do it. Little ones will be more likely to help when they can enjoy the fun of harvesting their own fruit.
Consider solving your weed problem without the use of toxic chemicals. Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Without light, there can be no weeds. The layers of newspaper over the weeds will block out the light and kill them. The paper will break down quickly and cleanly, adding to your compost. Add visual appeal by placing some mulch over the top.
If you sell your crops and label them organic, you should get an organic garden certified seal. This will not only increase sales, but it will demonstrate to your customers that your products are legitimate and that you are doing what it takes to grow the best crops.
While organic gardening takes a little extra work, it is healthier and more gratifying than regular gardening. Growing your crops organically will offer the best reward for those who eat the foods.
If you’re planning on gardening inside, the first thing you should consider is an adequate light source. If the room you wish to grow them in faces in a direction that gets little light, choose varieties of plants which can accept this type of environment. You can also get special lamps if you want a different kind of plants.
Over-watering plants is counterproductive, as too much water reduces plants’ ability to absorb nutrients from the surrounding soil. Always check to see if rain is in the forecast before watering your plants. If the weather forecast calls for rain, it’s probably wise to not water your plants that day.
A great thing about organic foods produced by organic gardens is their lack of pesticides. However, although this is a much healthier alternative, it is important to check surfaces of organic fruits and vegetables thoroughly to be sure that no unwanted pests are living in or on them.
Gardening is a good way to connect with nature, but organic gardening remains the best way to observe natural cycles. You will be a witness of the growing process of many different plants and understand how a whole ecosystem functions.
Work properly in your garden. Keep all of your tools together; do not waste time looking for them! Prepare them all ahead of time and have them handy before you need to garden, and then put them back in their place when done. You may also wish to invest in a tool belt to keep all of your tools within reach while gardening.
Make sure you plant your garden in different areas every year. When the same corner of the garden accommodates the members of the same plant family repeatedly, it can become a breeding ground for disease, illness or fungi. Fungus and disease may stay in the soil and then affect your plants the next growing season. Rotating the types of plants that you grow will help to keep the fungi and diseases from gaining a foothold.
When you are organically growing tomatoes, try planting only some seeds at once; then go back and plant an additional set of seeds in three weeks. The reason is, this will prevent your entire harvest from coming in all at once. This will also prevent you from losing an entire harvest if some type of problem arises that kills off a batch.
Space is important to remember when planting an organic garden. You can easily underestimate how much space the plants need until they begin to grow. You will need to provide this space to provide ample room and because you need air circulating to your garden. Plot out all of these considerations before putting that first seed in the ground.
After reading this article, you should have all the information necessary to start your organic garden. No matter how comfortable you felt about the subject, you should be more so now. Remember to apply these tips as you plan and take care of your garden.