If you want to embrace a healthier lifestyle that includes a nutritious diet, organic gardening is the way to go. However, effort is required in order to effectively grow. This may make you wonder how you can begin to grow your personal organic garden.
One way to encourage an organic garden to be sustainable and healthy is to put aside a section to stay undeveloped, thus encouraging wildlife to approach it. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
Pay attention to how much light your indoor plants are getting. If you live in a home or apartment that does not get great sunlight you may want to consider growing plants that are designed to grow in low or medium-light environments. You can also try using artificial lighting to help.
Work properly in your garden. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Keep your tools well-maintained and stored away in a designated place. That way you always know where they are and they are ready to use when you need them. Get yourself a tool belt, or wear pants with many pockets.
Plastic bags can be kept on hand and reused to slip over your dirty gardening shoes. This keeps your flow going, so you can get back out to the garden quickly and finish your work.
Pine can be a wonderful mulch. Some garden plants have a higher acidity, and prefer a more acidic soil. For such plants, pine needles function both as a handy mulch and as a soil amendment to lower the pH. Cover the plots with pine needles. As the pine needles decay, they’ll raise the soil’s acidity.
Space is important to remember when planting an organic garden. You will most likely underestimate how much space plants will need as they grow. You will also need to ensure that you allow ample space around full-grown plants for air circulation. If you put enough thought into your garden, you will enjoy more impressive results.
It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. A good thick layer of newspaper can be laid down to control weeds. Without exposure to the sun, weeds cannot thrive. With layers of newspaper on them, the weeds are not going to have light, and therefore will not grow. Newsprint also breaks down well, incorporating itself into the compost. Cover the newspaper with a thick layer of mulch for a more attractive look.
When planting seeds in containers, plant the seed roughly three times deeper than the seed’s size. There are some seeds, however, that you should not cover at all, since they need sunlight to germinate. Examples of these are petunias and ageratum. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.
In conclusion, creating and maintaining an organic garden requires hard work, effort and research. If you want to see success at your efforts, you have to continue working at it. Incorporate the insights you’ve learned here to get your organic garden growing this year.