If you know what you are doing, organic gardening is a great hobby. The following suggestions will guide you on how to be a very successful organic gardener.
You’ll save time and energy if you keep tools nearby while working in your garden. Keep the tools in a big bucket, or store them in strong pockets in your pants. Keep your trowel, pruning shears and gloves handy so you can do your garden work quickly and easily.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. After growth begins, you can remove plants from any excessive heat sources. Take any plastic film off of your containers because they hold in heat and humidity. Watch your seeds carefully to know when you can take these steps.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. This practice is an easy way to discourage weeds, retain moisture, and add valuable nutrients to your garden. Also, the flower beds will look beautifully maintained at all times.
Store a few plastic bags near your garden to slip on over your dirty gardening shoes. Having these available lets you keep your flow in movement, and helps you return to your gardening fast so you can finish up your day.
Remember to plan for adequate spacing when you first lay out an organic garden. You will most likely underestimate how much space plants will need as they grow. Space is necessary for the plants, but air circulation is also important. Keep this in mind when appropriating spots to plant your seeds.
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. There are some seeds, however, that you should not cover at all, since they need sunlight to germinate. Example of these kinds of seeds include the petunia and the ageratum. If you are not sure whether your seeds need to be exposed to sunlight, resources are usually provided with the seeds or can be found online.
A useful technique for organic gardening, is to gently disturb your seedlings by using your fingers or a piece of cardboard one or two times daily. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
Use alcohol to help control the slugs in your garden by fashioning a beer trap. Dig a hole the size of a glass jar, and bury the jar with the top at ground level. Pour beer into the container to within an inch of the jar lip. Beer is especially attractive to slugs; they will lured to it and trapped.
Organic gardening, while requiring a good effort for great results, is a great way to live a greener life. It requires a lot of work and patience, but it will be worth it in the end to have a beautiful organic garden. By using the tips and techniques found here, you can have a healthy, productive garden in no time.