Monday, February 13, 2012


There are so many natural alternatives available to you if you want to turn your garden organic. You just need to learn what you can do, and then do it.
Be aware of how and when to water your organic garden plants. Try using a soaker hose. Soaker hoses will water the bases of your plants directly, resulting in less moisture loss due to evaporation. Watering is best done early in the morning.
Organic gardening may seem like a hot new trend, but it has in fact been in practice since long before chemicals burst onto the scene. The Indians showed pilgrims that if they put some fish on the seeds after planting, they would grow better. You too can create your own compost pile, this way your organic garden has some organic fertilizer. This helps to recycle, cut down on your trash output and increase your organic vegetable garden produce.
If you want to get children in on the fun, plant a few strawberries, everbearing if possible. Strawberries are a favorite of children, due to their sweetness. And since they're so easy and fun to pick, it's also a healthy, productive, safe activity that children can assist adults with.
Add used coffee grounds to your garden soil. Coffee grounds add many nitrogenous nutrients to the soil that will benefit your plants. Your plants will really bloom if they get the nitrogen they need from coffee grounds or compost or diluted urea.
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. Mulch also completes your garden, giving it a finished appearance.
Make sure you have some plastic bags around so that you can cover any muddy gardening shoes you have. This allows you to keep going, getting back to your garden quickly.
Spray your garden plants with a mixture of one part milk and six parts water, on a regular basis. This may help the plant by stopping powdery mildew from forming. You can keep this in your fridge for about three weeks. Spray your plants with this mixture daily until you see the mildew has been sufficiently controlled.
Do you want to kill weeds naturally? Layer sheets of newspaper on the surface of areas where you are trying to control weeds. Weeds need sun for growth, just like any other plant. The layers of newspaper over the weeds will block out the light and kill them. Newspapers tend to break down into compost nicely. You can then add a mulch layer right on top, so that it looks more attractive.
If aphids are an issue in your organic vegetable garden, try the old-fashioned remedy of soapy water to get rid of them. Just spray the plant's stems, leaves and buds using a light soapy water solution and follow it up using another spray of fresh and clean water.
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. You should know that certain seeds need not be covered, because they need the sunlight. Some of these seeds are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure if your seeds should be covered, refer to the seed packet, or if that is not available, look for information online.
Have your tools for gardening nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with organic gardening. You should use a large pail and wear sturdy pants that have several pockets. 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.
Consider the value of the crops you choose to grow. Think about the different types of grasses, vegetables and flowers that you enjoy most. It's okay if your answers are non-traditional! Growing crops that are expensive at the grocery store will offset some of the money spent growing them. Plant organic foods you love to eat and enjoy the cost savings.
If you want to maximize your success at organic gardening, you need to learn as much as you can about how to garden. Use the organic gardening tips in this article.

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