Gardening can seem complicated at first, if you do not know what you are doing. There are so many things to consider, such as proper pH balance, natural but effective pesticides, adequate sunlight and water supplies and so on. If you are inexperienced with gardening, making the switch to organic methods may be a challenge for you. Be certain you do things the correct way, and get some help from the information offered below.
Aspirin water will strengthen your plants against diseases. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. Spray your plants with the water if they have a disease. The process can be repeated every three weeks or so.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. One side effect of this is that where animals thrive, so do birds and insects that help nurture and pollinate plants, which will increase the quality of your garden.
Keep your garden tools close at hand to make the most of your gardening time. Large pockets or a sturdy bucket can be used to store tools. Keep your trowel, pruning shears and gloves handy so you can do your garden work quickly and easily.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. Not only will you be adding nutrients, but weeds will be less likely to grow and moisture will be retained more easily. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. The leaves you rake in the fall, straw, sawdust and the like are dry material. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.
Ruffle the seedlings carefully with a piece of soft cardboard or your hands twice a day. This may sound strange, but research has proven that doing this will help your plants grow bigger than if they were not petted at all.
Slugs are a nuisance that can be easily remedied with the use of an organic beer tramp. Place a container in the ground so that the lip is even with the soil surface. After you have placed the jar in the soil, fill with beer to approximately one inch of the top. Slugs will crawl into the jar to get the beer and not be able to get out again.
If you sell or use organically grown produce in a commercial setting, you should communicate your commitment to natural growing by becoming certified. This will improve your sales and show your faithful customers that they are getting the best possible food that is grown.
Now, you shouldn’t get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you’ll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.