Organic gardening is an interesting hobby and helps you get in touch with nature. The idea here is to grow healthy, great-tasting food bereft of pesticides, herbicides and other unnatural chemical enhancers. Does this seem to be easier said than done? Review the tips in this article and you’ll be on your way to creating a wonderful organic garden.
Bring your young ones into the garden with you so they will learn about organic methods. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.
Sprouting seeds need less warmth than before. You should move your sprouted plants farther from the heat when they are past the sprouting stage. You can now take off any protective coverings on your plants that were there to shield them from the elements. Unless you closely monitor your seedlings, you may not move them in time.
Install a fan to blow on your seeds. Make sure your fan is turned on a very low setting. This light touch will help your plants grow stronger. You can also stroke your plants very lightly with your hand or a piece of paper for a few hours to get the same effect.
Learn to water your garden efficiently. A soaker hose can be laid in the garden and left on with low water pressure. This frees you up from having to hand-water the plants, so you can do other gardening work. Take care with seedlings, though — they are still delicate and need to be watered by hand.
You can save time by using soaker hoses. Instead of standing with a hose for a long time or having to refill a container, set your water pressure on low and let your hose sit next to the plant that needs to be watered. Do not forget to turn the water off later.
Take steps to protect earthworms in your organic garden. Till your soil minimally, as tilling can kill earthworms. The best tilling depth is 3 to 5 inches. Avoid using chemical fertilizers because they harm the micro-organisms in the soil, decreasing earthworm activity. Be sure that the soil never dries out too much, but at the same time avoid over-watering. By maintaining these soil conditions, you will notice your earthworm population increasing rapidly!
To keep rodents, deer, and other pesky animals away from your organic garden, use organic repellents. A spray made from hot peppers can be effective. Otherwise try a spray containing urine or rotten eggs. Regardless of what you use, apply the sprays liberally and reapply regularly especially after a rain shower.
To conserve water and protect your plants, use a soaker hose instead of a sprinkler. A soaker hose is a hose with small holes that lies at the base of your plants and administers water directly to the soil. This deters evaporation and keeps water from touching the foliage, which can cause fungus and disease.
Organic gardening combines hard work, patience and nature. When you enjoy this hobby, you can find new opportunities to grow healthy and nutritious foods. If you put your mind to it, you could become an excellent organic gardener.