In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new and experienced organic gardeners alike. There are many e-guides, books, videos, and other resources available. This set of tips contains some of the best advice for helping a good organic gardener become a great organic gardener.
To be most efficient in your gardening, always keep your tools close at hand. You can keep them in a good sized bucket, or wear utility pants that have plenty of large pockets. A gardener’s tool belt will allow you to keep your gardening gloves and other tools close by while you are working in your garden.
When mulching your flower beds, aim for anywhere between two or three inches of mulch. Doing this keeps weeds down, keeps the moisture in your plants, and gives more nutrients to the plants. It also adds a uniform and cohesive look to the garden.
To avoid tracking the mud and dirt that will get on your gardening shoes, use plastic bags. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.
Don’t let your organic gardening tasks stack up for very long. If your busy life prevents you from tending your garden every day, do small tasks to avoid having so much work when you do have some time. For example, if you are playing in the yard with your child, take a few moments to pull some weeds as well.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Add grass clippings, waste from fruits and vegetables, leaves, and weeds for the green materials in your compost pile. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Your compost pile should never contain meat, ashes or charcoal.
When you are growing seedlings in your organic garden, lightly brush over them using your hand up to twice a day. Believe it or not, aerating the soil in this manner can actually make your seedlings grow larger.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. Any wood you use needs to be untreated and resistant to rot. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Never use compost from treated woods in a veggie garden; the chemicals can contaminate your food. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
Now you know a little more on how you can be a successful organic gardener. Even the best information needs to be implemented correctly, however, so be very cognizant of that fact. If you recall this advice, you can develop and hone your own techniques to create a flourishing organic garden.