If you want to be an organic gardener, you need a green thumb, but more importantly, you need a lot of patience. It’s a fun activity that will allow you to enjoy nutritious food that’s free of pesticides. It’s easier than you may think. Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you gardening like a pro.
Add coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. These coffee grounds have many nitrogenous nutrients that your plants could use. Plants need an adequate nitrogen source in order to thrive. Adding coffee grounds, chemical fertilizer, or diluted urea to your soil increases the soil’s nitrogen content and will help to make your plants grow faster, taller and healthier.
When composting lawn clippings, leaves, and other materials, it is best to add the same amount of green, freshly-cut material as you do dried material. Green means plant cuttings including grass, produce and weeds. Your dried material can be things such as sawdust, paper shreds, wood shavings, straw and cardboard. Diseased plants, meat and fire-waste like charcoal or ashes should not be placed in your compost pile.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? You can place newspaper in several layers, and it will help control your weeds. Weeds require sunlight to grow. The layers of newspaper over the weeds will block out the light and kill them. Newspapers also break down over time, becoming part of your compost. Put mulch over top to increase the attractiveness of the pile.
When planting seeds in containers, plant the seed roughly three times deeper than the seed’s size. However, some seeds do not need to be covered, they need the sunlight. Two of the common examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure if your seeds should be covered, refer to the seed packet, or if that is not available, look for information online.
If you have problem slugs in your organic garden, get rid of them naturally with a beer trap. Take a glass jar and bury it so that the soil is even with its mouth. Pour beer into the container to within an inch of the jar lip. Slugs are attracted to the beer and become trapped in the container.
Construct raised flower beds of brick, stone, or wood. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
Calibrate how much you water based upon the time of the year and the weather conditions. You will need to water differently depending on what time it is or what kind of soil you are using. In warm climates with high humidity, for instance, plants often develop fungal infections when water is applied to the leaves. The important thing is to make sure the plant’s roots receive sufficient water.
Being a success at organic gardening requires patience, effort and a willingness to learn. When you enjoy this hobby, you can find new opportunities to grow healthy and nutritious foods. To transform yourself into a successful organic gardener, simply follow our tips and put in a bit of effort!