Organic growing is becoming more popular due to the questionable effects of toxins and pesticides on the body and the environment. Organic gardening is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Here are some helpful techniques to help you learn to garden organically.
Allow your children to actively participate in planting your organic garden. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.
If you are interested in sustainable organic gardening, consider keeping part of your property undeveloped so that wildlife can flourish there. The presence of native flowers, trees and grasses will attract birds and insects. You will be rewarded by an appealing and flourishing landscape.
Pine can be a wonderful mulch. Some plants do better in soil with high acidity as they are highly acidic themselves. If that’s the case, the easiest thing to do is use pine needles for beds. Simply add a layer of pine needles a couple of inches deep to the plant beds. The needles will decompose over time and provide the soil with acidity.
Don’t let all the little chores in your organic garden build up. Every time you go outside, you should take care of a few things so that you do not have too much work to do when you have the time to go back to your garden. Grab a handful of weeds, throw down some mulch, or toss some water on it anytime you walk by.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Green plant material comprises leaves, weeds, spent flowers, grass clippings, and fruit and vegetable waste. Dried plant material comprises shredded paper, cardboard, sawdust, and straw. You should not use things like meat scraps, charcoal, blighted plants or the manure of meat-eating animals in your compost.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
If you start implementing the organic gardening advice included in this article today, you can look forward to having a healthy, productive, toxic-free garden in the near future. As your garden starts to become more attuned with nature, you will also see it attracting more wildlife.