With a push to eat healthier and to save money at the grocery store, many people are turning to organic gardening to meet their needs. Just using the tips here will show you how you can get started now with an organic garden. Coming up are a collection of organic gardening oriented tips, tricks and ideas to grow and harvest nontoxic, free, healthy, fresh, produce for your whole family.
If you have children, plant strawberries, especially everbearing strawberries, in your organic garden. You will find that they enjoy participating in gardening if they are allowed to pluck the fresh berries and eat them straight from the earth.
To be more efficient when working in your organic garden, have your tools close at hand. Put them into a basket you carry with you, or use an apron with many pockets and hanging loops. You should be able to do your garden work quickly if you keep a trowel, gloves, small pruning shears, and other handy devices close to you.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. This will discourage weeds from growing, add nutrients, and retain the moisture in your garden. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Cover your muddy shoes with plastic bags. You will be able to go in and out without having to keep taking your shoes on and off.
Coffee grounds can benefit many types of soil. These coffee grounds have many nitrogenous nutrients that your plants could use. Nitrogen, along with phosphorous and potassium, is an important nutrient in the garden. It contributes to healthy and strong growth of the plant, but don’t overuse it.
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. When you pull weeds from your garden, throw them in the compost. The same goes for vegetable trimmings and grass clippings. These are considered green materials. Dry materials, like sawdust, cut up wood pieces, cardboard, straw and shredded paper are good for your compost pile. Avoid using ashes, charcoal, diseased plants and meat-eating animal manure.
When planting seeds you should cover them with fine soil. Determine its depth by looking at the seed’s size and multiplying it by three. Some seeds shouldn’t be covered and must be in sunlight at all times. Example of these kinds of seeds include the petunia and the ageratum. If you do now know how to plant your seed, consult the information that came with the seed when you bought it or check online for helpful information.
A great tip when running your own organic garden, is to lightly ruffle your seedlings with your hand or cardboard, around once or twice per day. It may sound a little odd to do this, but there is actually proven research that shows this helps the plants grow.
An organic garden takes time and patience, as we have previously advised. The next time your are working in your garden, see if there may be an opportunity to test a few of these tips. Regardless of what you are growing in your organic garden, applying the tips and techniques provided in this article will surely help you achieve your goals.