Organic growing is becoming more popular due to the questionable effects of toxins and pesticides on the body and the environment. Also, organic gardening is quite cheap on the whole. Here are some fundamental tips to get you well on your way to being a successful organic gardener.
A mixture of aspirin and water can protect your plants from common diseases. To add the aspirin to the plant, dissolve about one tablet and a half into approximately two gallons of fresh water. Spray this mixture onto your plants. Try to apply the mixture to the plants at least once in each three week period.
If you are interested in sustainable organic gardening, consider keeping part of your property undeveloped so that wildlife can flourish there. Wildlife can help the plants in your garden to thrive, as insects support plant reproduction, while the excrement of many species contains nutrients which can help to fertilize your soil.
If you choose to use organic methods to care for your houseplants, you should bear in mind that certain plants require more sunlight than others. If your home does not let in sufficient light, then consider getting plants that thrive in low-light situations. You can also get special lamps if you want a different kind of plants.
After your seeds sprout, the containers do not need to stay as warm as they once did. It’s important to move the plants away from any heat source as they grow larger. Take any plastic film off of your containers because they hold in heat and humidity. Keep a close watch on your seeds to know when to do this.
Pine is a wonderful mulch so do not discard the idea. Some garden plants are high in acidity, and do better with acidic soil. For such plants, pine needles function both as a handy mulch and as a soil amendment to lower the pH. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.
For container planting, be sure to plant your seeds at a depth around three times the radius of the seed. However, you should be aware that certain seeds should not be covered at all because they are required to be in the sunlight. Some typical examples 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.
Keep slugs out of your organic garden naturally, using a beer trap. Place a container in the ground so that the lip is even with the soil surface. Now, fill the jar with beer to approximately an inch below the lip. Beer is especially attractive to slugs; they will lured to it and trapped.
If you follow these advice on organic gardening, you will be able to have a productive, toxic-free, healthy garden in the future. A flourishing organic garden will also be an open invitation to some very interesting creatures of the wild that you can look forward to seeing.