While organic gardening is a wonderful way to relax, it can also be a source of stress. With these tips, you should become a very successful organic gardener.
Asprin will actually help your plants out by killing diseases. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. Help your plants to fight disease by spraying them with the aspirin water. Apply this solution to your plants every few weeks.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. With a garden spade, slice under the dirt then flip it over. Next, spread out wood chips several inches deep. Wait two weeks or so, and then you are ready to jump right in with digging and planting.
To be as efficient as possible in the garden, always have your tools handy. You can wear an apron or pants that have a lot of pockets, or use a big bucket or can. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
When it is time to gather your produce, you should use an older laundry basket. Laundry baskets which have holes in them act as giant strainers for your home grown produce. Rinse off your produce while it’s in the laundry basket, and any excess water will be strained out through the basket’s holes.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.
Add mulch for healthy soil. The soil will be efficiently protected. On hot, dry days, mulch keeps the dirt underneath cool and moist. This protects and nourishes plant roots. This helps soil keep its moisture by reducing the rate of evaporation. Mulch is also great for controlling weed growth.
Make sure you plant your garden in different areas every year. Fungus and disease are more likely to affect plants if they stay in the same location for long periods of time, especially if they belong to the same family. These diseases can build up in the soil, reinfecting your plants the next year. Moving the plants to different areas will prevent these invaders from growing on your plants.
Look up local botanical insecticides; they can be very useful in keeping the pest population at bay. You can find more power from natural insecticides, as opposed to engineered synthetic pesticides. Natural products will not damage your plants and will disappear quickly. This means you might have to apply your insecticides more often.
As this article has demonstrated, organic gardening is more complex than some may think. Organic gardens require much patience and hard work, but you can have a wonderfully beautiful organic garden. By following the above tips, you are well on your way to increasing your organic gardening skills.