Growing an organic garden is a very pleasant and rewarding activity. However, for someone who does not have any experience with gardening, the thought of starting, or maintaining, a garden can be intimidating. Therefore, how should a newbie get their first garden started? Read the information provided below, of course!
You should teach your children how to garden alongside you. Helping a garden grow is an excellent learning experience for kids, and it allows your family to spend time together while creating healthy, nutritious foods.
If you like the concept of organic gardening, then why not take it one step further by leaving some of your land undeveloped for the area’s wildlife? A natural area will allow beneficial birds and insects, many of which pollinate plants, to live on your property and help your garden grow stronger.
When growing plants inside of the house, you should ensure the thermostat is set at around 65-75 degrees in the daytime. They need the temperature to be that warm so that they can grow. If you don’t like keeping your home that temperature in the winter, you may wish to consider getting a heat lamp, instead, to keep your organic plants the correct temperature.
Once your seeds start sprouting, they do not need as much warmth as they needed before. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. Take off any plastic that is on the containers to keep away from warmth and moisture. Watch your seeds closely to find the right time to do this.
Would you like to kill those obnoxious weeds naturally? To control the growth of weeds, all you need is last week’s Sunday paper. Weeds can only grow when there is adequate sunlight. If you put a thick layer of newspaper on them, weeds will not be able to get light or air, and they will die! The paper will break down quickly and cleanly, adding to your compost. You can add mulch on top for aesthetic reasons.
Use alcohol to help control the slugs in your garden by fashioning a beer trap. Start by burying a wide-mouth jar in the soil, ensuring that the rim of the jar is just at the soil’s surface. Pour enough beer into the jar to fill it below an inch from the top. The beer attracts these slugs, but traps them in the jar.
Calibrate how much you water based upon the time of the year and the weather conditions. Other factors that influence how much you need to water include time of day, soil factors and how hard your water is. For example, if your climate is humid and warm, you should not water the leaves because it will encourage leaf fungus. Instead, water the roots only.
Gardening, especially organic gardening, helps you feel more “at one” with the earth. This kind of gardening keeps you more involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting, giving you a clearer picture of the entire life cycle of each plant.
The growth of organic garlic is simple. Cloves should be planted whole during the fall or early spring months. Garlic grows best in soil that retains moisture but drains well. Plant them two inches into the soil with the ends up, and leave four inches between each clove. As your garlic shoots grow, you can cut them and use them instead of scallions or chives. You know your bulbs are ready when they turn brown on their tops. The bulbs should be left outside in the sunshine for a few days to dry and harden the skin. Finally, store the garlic in an area with low temperatures like a pantry, either by themselves or tied into bunches.
You should now realize how much fun and how enjoyable gardening can be. You will eat better and have a fun and relaxing hobby that lets you enjoy the great outdoors. Use what you have learned, and your garden will blossom.