More and more people are becoming interested in organic gardening as a safe alternative to store bought produce, which can contain all kinds of dangerous chemicals and may even present unforeseen threats with untested methods of genetic engineering. Also, organic gardening can save you a lot of money. To begin your journey into the world of organic gardening, follow these tips.
Try planting your plants in flower pots first, then transferring them to your garden once they have had a bit of time to grow. This will help the plants make it to full growth. You will then be able to lessen the time between planting your seeds. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. Instead of using regular clay pots this year for planting lettuce and kale, try a pumpkin container instead! First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. When you finish this, you can plant!
Before you plant seeds, pre-soak them for a night somewhere dark. Place a couple seeds in each container, then fill it close to full with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. This will also give your seeds a much better chance to survive and mature.
Don’t mow your grass too short. Keeping grass with a little more height makes it healthier. This allows the roots to grow more deeply and makes the blades of grass more resistant to becoming dry and discolored. Grass that is shorter has a root system that is easier to dry out.
There are natural steps you can take to keep garden pests at bay. A border of marigolds or onions around your veggies can prevent slugs. Mulch around the bottom of trees and shrub seedlings with wood ash to reduce unwanted infestation of pests. These methods prevent use of harsh chemicals.
Think about planting evergreen plants that will produce berries in the backyard. They will provide a splash of color in the drab and dreary winter months when a lot of other plants have lost their colors. Some examples of evergreens that produce berries and color in the wintertime are the American Holly, Cranberrybush, the Winterberry and the Common Snowberry.
Avoid sun damage by dressing appropriately whenever you will be gardening in the sun. Wear sunglasses, wide-brimmed hats, and sunblock. Using the right protection from the harmful rays of the sun means less of a chance of you getting sunburn and skin cancer.
Start using these tips to grow your own organic food and help preserve the environment. Organic gardens are also more attractive to a variety of wildlife, who appreciate the chemical free environment.