Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. If you are unfamiliar with gardening in general, or the specifics of organic gardening, the process may be daunting. How then should someone who does not have any experience start getting involved with organic gardening? Well, reading through the tips in this article is a start.
Plants growing in your home need a constant temperature of no less than 65 degrees. It is important for them to be kept in this temperature range if they are to grow properly. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead.
To avoid tracking the mud and dirt that will get on your gardening shoes, use plastic bags. This way, you can get in and out quickly, and get back to work in the garden.
Within your composting heap, ensure that there is an equal split of dried and green plant materials. Green means plant cuttings including grass, produce and weeds. Dried plant material, however, can include items such as cardboard, sawdust and shredded paper. Never use ashes, meat, charcoal, diseased plants or carnivorous animal manure in your compost pile.
Looking for a natural way to kill weeds in your garden? Try using several newspaper layers to control weeds. Weeds need sun for growth, just like any other plant. By covering them with a layer of newspaper, you are essentially suffocating the weeds due to a lack of light. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. It can look more attractive by adding a mulch layer.
You can make a raised bed with untreated wood, brick, or stone. When selecting wood, make certain you pick untreated products that have a natural resistance to rot. Examples of good woods include cedar, cypress, and locust. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.
Throughout the year and in different climates, it may be necessary to vary your watering schedule. The amount of water you use each time should be dependent on the water quality, the soil type and what time of day you are doing it. If the climate is hot, but humid you’ll have to avoid watering the leaves, for example. Make sure that your root system is well-watered.
If you’d like to improve the health of your soil, try adding some mulch. The right amount of mulch in a garden also works to protect the soil underneath. Mulch will keep the soil at an ideal temperature and protect the roots. Evaporation will be reduced and the soil will remain moist for longer when you water. This also helps all the weeds you have stay under control, relieving stress from your shoulders.
Try raising organic garlic. Garlic cloves may be planted in soil with good drainage in either the spring or fall. Plant them an inch or two below the soil line with the pointed end facing the sky. Each clove should be around 4 inches from the one beside it. As the garlic shoots grow, you can snip them and use them for cooking. The bulbs of the garlic are ready for harvesting when the very tops of them begin to brown. Place the freshly picked bulbs in the sun, and let them dry and harden for a couple of days. Store the cloves in a cool area. They can be tied or left loose.
With what you learned you should now feel a bit more confident when it comes to gardening, and you should think of it as an easy task to tackle now. Properly growing your garden can involve serious relaxation and even some fun. If you remember these tips the next time you are in the garden, you will be much more successful.