Garden The Organic Way With These Great Tips!

For The Love Of Gardening: Organic Gardening Advice Your organic garden can be an important part of your life. Just like you, it needs to be taken care of properly. You need to research what you need, and then figure out what you need to do to help it grow properly. These tips below can help you with that. If you want to grow vegetables, but do not have the room, consider planting vegetables that grow on a vine. Vegetables like squash, melons, and tomatoes can be trained to grow up along a trellis or fence. You can make use of vertical space to get the vegetable garden that you want. If you're really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow. Consider building raised beds. You can choose the perfect size for your garden, and you can fill it with a type of soil that is suitable for what you intend to grow, if you build your own raised beds. Since there will be little soil compaction, there will be more oxygen in the soil, and water drainage will be much better. The soil in a raised bed warms up much earlier in the spring, increasing the growing season. Tend to your garden a few steps at a time. A garden requires ongoing maintenance, and becomes a big time drain if you let things pile up until the weekend. Stop by the garden for a few minutes each day and deadhead some flowers while you're waiting for dinner to cook or pull a few weeds while watching the kids play. Use compost to feed your crops. In organic gardening, compost is necessary for the survival of your plants. A home compost pile is a great, inexpensive source of compost. Many foodscraps and grass, and dry leaves can be used in your compost. Avoid cooked foods, ash, and animal waste in an organic compost pile. The best way to weed your organic garden is the old-fashioned way, pulling the weeds out by hand. Even though organic herbicides sold at the store are tempting, they aren't nearly as effective as getting on your hands and knees and pulling the weeds out by hand. It's also very invigorating to do it yourself. It gives you a sense of accomplishment. For organic fertilizer to use around the plants in your flower and garden beds, start a compost bin made from all-organic material that would otherwise be wasted. Pitch in yard clippings, leaves, vegetable peelings, eggshells and coffee grounds, turning the contents of the bin often. In just a short time, you will have great material to mix with your soil that will provide nutrients and nourishment to your plants without added chemicals. Know your soil. Be sure to test the pH of the soil, before you being planning and planting your garden. The acidity or alkalinity of the soil has a huge impact on the types of crops that can be successful on the plot. Take readings from several different areas of the garden as pH can differ from spot to spot. Adjust the soil or your plants as necessary based on what you find. Use organic mulch. Any material that is spread over the soil is considered mulch. It helps to keep weeds at bay, holds moisture in the soil, and keeps the ground cool in summer and warm in winter. Examples of mulch include compost, shredded leaves, fine wood grass, straw and chips clippings. Use living matter to make the best compost. Though you may be tempted to start tossing everything into your compost pile, don't do it. Remember your compost is not a trashcan. Put in plenty of grass clippings, fallen leaves, and kitchen garbage such as food scraps and old leftovers. This will make your compost process faster. A great organic mulch for acid-loving plants is pine needles. Each fall mulch your acid-lovers with a nice, thick layer of pine needles, which are acidic themselves. The pine needles will decompose and leave their acid in the soil. Your plants will love this extra acid in their roots. When first growing a plant you should make sure that it has all the nutrition and water that it needs. The sprouting stage for most plants is the time when it is most vulnerable to drying out or dying. With proper care, a sprout will mature into a full adult plant which is much more resistant to environmental and animal threats. Apply baking soda and water to your plants regularly. Just mix the two ingredients in a spray bottle and mist the leaves of your plants. This mixture acts as a natural anti-fungal treatment. Harmful pesticides can be avoided if you use a baking soda mixture at least twice a week. Each year, you should rotate the plants in your garden. If the types of plants that you grow are consistent from one year to the next, they may be more prone to diseases and plant fungus. Plants of the same type will be vulnerable the next season. When you rotate your fungus, disease and crops have less chance to spread. A perennial garden can be set up in a few easy steps. Simply use a spade to cut underneath your turf, then flip the turf over and spread a few inches worth of wood chips across the area. In a few weeks, cut into the bed to plant your perennials. Do you have any issues with those little aphids in your garden? If so, try spraying any infested leaves, stems, and buds with a very diluted solution of soapy water, and then rinsing the area down with clear water. This technique will work on even the heaviest of aphid infestations. Eliminate tent caterpillars. Tent caterpillars are a major pest, infecting apple, peach, cherry and pear trees. The adult moths create a woven-like nest full of caterpillars, defoliating a tree. Destroy nests by hand. Making sure to wear gloves, pull down the nests in the early morning and kill the caterpillars by dropping them into a bucket of insecticidal soap. In the winter look for eggs masses on branches, and remove and burn them. Eliminate the need for excessive intervention in the health and care of your landscaping and gardening plants by choosinggrasses and shrubs, and veggies that require a bare minimum maintenance. These plants are often easily identifiable by their smaller taproots and undersized, silvery colored leaves. Plants that work well with their environment require very little in the way of pesticides and fertilizers. Now as you can plainly see from the tips above, you will not need those added substances to assist in growing any type of plant, whether it's a flower or a tomato. 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