There are so many tools and methods to grow an all-natural, vibrant and healthy garden. All you need to do is gain a little knowledge, and then put it to good use.
If little ones live in your home, consider including everbearing strawberries in the garden plot. Strawberries are a favorite of children due to their sweetness. And since they’re so easy and fun to pick, it’s also a healthy, productive, safe activity that children can assist adults with.
If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. You will find that many of the supporting cast of insects and birds that aid in plant production and pollination will be present on your land and actually help your developed gardens to produce better.
When you want to harvest the produce in your organic garden, always have an old laundry basket to hand. Most laundry baskets are designed with a multitude of holes. This makes them a perfect strainer for washing your vegetables. Rinse your crops while in the laundry basket to strain the excess water.
Don’t use pesticides – kill your weeds naturally! You should layer some newspaper to get weeds under control. Weeds require sunlight to continue growing. By placing newspaper over them, they will not get light and suffocate. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. One way to enhance the appearance of your garden if you are using newspapers is to add an additional layer of mulch.
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 exceptions to this rule, however. Some seeds should remain uncovered because they thrive in direct sunlight. Among the seeds meeting this definition are ageratum and petunias. Always be sure to check online or with the company you’re purchasing the seeds from as to their sunlight needs.
When you run your personal organic garden, try ruffling seedlings using your hands or cardboard one or two times daily. This may sound strange, but research has proven that doing this will help your plants grow bigger than if they were not petted at all.
A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood. If you choose to use wood, make sure it is naturally rot resistant and untreated. Cypress, locust and cedar are all very good choices. Treated wood has chemicals that can be harmful to a vegetable garden. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
Anybody can grow a garden, but those who bother to understand what they’re doing will be the only ones to reap rich rewards from their crop. Try using these organic tips.