Have you ever wanted to convert your garden into an organic garden, but just do not know how to start? It is not rocket science. In fact, it has been done for hundreds of years, before the advent of chemicals. If you want to learn more about organic gardening, read on for some advice.
Use your own seeds for gardening in later seasons. This lets you ensure that your plants are organic from start to finish. Take an earlier season of plants and allow them to go to seed before you remove them. This means that not only are your plants growing without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, the seeds were grown without them either.
If you choose to use organic methods to care for your houseplants, you should bear in mind that certain plants require more sunlight than others. If the garden will receive little sunlight, find plants that can grow in medium or low-light environments. Otherwise, you could simply use your own lights.
If you have a compost pile, but have very few leaves to add to it this fall, try incorporating straw or hay into your compost pile. This is a great way to add carbon which is very beneficial to the growth and health of plants. The straw and hay may contain seeds, so it is best to use an organic weed spray on your compost pile to get rid of the unwanted weeds.
Marigold flowers are quite the powerhouse in an organic garden. As their flowers and leaves decay, the marigold releases chemicals that attract frogs, repel snakes and kill nematode pests that attack many vegetable plants, including tomatoes. Look for ways to let the bright yellow marigold bring brilliant color and decoration to your garden, as it goes to work to protect the health of your plants.
To keep rodents, deer, and other pesky animals away from your organic garden, use organic repellents. A spray made from hot peppers can be effective. Otherwise try a spray containing urine or rotten eggs. Regardless of what you use, apply the sprays liberally and reapply regularly especially after a rain shower.
When watering your garden, consider a soaker hose instead of using a hose or watering can. If you turn the soaker hoses pressure onto low, you can leave your water on for hours which will allow a part of your garden to be slowly irrigated. This can provide you with time to do other things.
Examine the soil for its physical condition. If your soil is dense, water will not go deep enough into the soil, and the plant roots will stay close to the surface, resulting in shallow roots. The soil will also be hard to dig. You want your soil to be loose enough so that plant roots can grow downward instead of sideways.
If you so choose to organic garden your trees, flowers, and shrubs, it is very important that you surround them with at least 2 to 3 inches of organic material. This will provide your plants with the organic nutrients that they need. As rain falls, it will release the nutrients to the plants.
Avoid over fertilizing your plants. Over fertilizing can lead to lots of lush growth, that is soft and attractive to pests and animals. Slower growing gardens are often hardier, meaning they are better at resisting pests and diseases. This is one of those cases where too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing at all.
Spread around your dead fish refuse in the garden. Innards and intestines can decompose and leave vital nutrition in the soil. You may use either a composting pile or simply leave the refuse around your garden’s soil. Either way, eventually nature returns all of the plant’s nutrients back to the soil.
Sometimes, it can help to spread a little bit of manure around your plants. Manure contains a lot of essential growth factors for most plants. Farmers and other plant-growing institutions often use this technique of spreading animal refuse on their plants, due to its historically-proven effects, which consists of greener crops and larger harvests.
Make sure your garden has biodiversity. Including a healthy mix of native grasses and flowers will attract wildlife. Use a variety of plants, flowers and even fruit or vegetable-producing choices to create an abundant, natural garden. A diverse garden is incredibly attractive. It’s also very rewarding and relaxing.
Get rid of slugs and snails in the organic garden. As small as they are, slugs and snails can eat entire plants in one night. They thrive in moist conditions below 75 degrees. The best (and possibly most humane way) is to use beer traps to rid your garden of slugs and snails. Simply place stale beer in a shallow pan, the lip of which should be at ground level. The slugs and snails are attracted to the beer and will crawl in. This way they will leave this world happy and inebriated.
Mix your soil with a high quality, organic compost. With compost, your soil becomes a better quality, gaining structure, texture, and even aeration. You will also find that the water capacity increases, which is going to produce stronger plants with bigger and healthier blooms, and much healthier root systems.
Mulch is quite a welcome addition to any organic garden, but there there can be too much of a good thing. A tree with too much mulch on its trunk can easily become diseased or infested. To prevent that, do not pile it against their trunks and instead spread it as far as to the drip line.
A valuable piece of advice is to plant crops with a high value to you personally. Each person is going to think the value of any given plant is different. If you grow plants that cost more to buy at the market, growing them will be a cost savings for you in the long run. So, sow seeds of plants that you like and reap the rewards in the future.
Organic gardening is the healthiest way you can grow a garden. Imagine not having to worry about your children being harmed by chemicals and pesticides. Try some of the ideas suggested in this article. Experiment, and have fun trying new ways. You will be surprised at how easy organic gardening can be.