Organic indoor plants may need additional light sources to make up for the light they miss out on by being indoors. This needs to be considered. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. If you simply must have a plant that has higher requirements for sunlight, you can use indoor UV lamps.
It is easy to quickly prepare your perennial garden ground. Simply slice into the ground with a spade, flip the top layer of soil, and then cover it with several inches of wood chips. Give the area a couple of weeks, then dig into it and plant your new perennials.
Have all of your tools available to you as you garden to increase efficiency. You can keep them in a good sized bucket, or wear utility pants that have plenty of large pockets. Keep common tools such as your gloves or your pruning shears within reach so that you can quickly and easily maintain your garden whenever you need to.
When your plants begin to sprout, they can survive in somewhat cooler temperatures. Move your plants further away from your heat source as they grow. You can now take off any protective coverings on your plants that were there to shield them from the elements. Watch your seeds closely to know how to go about this.
Plastic bags are great to cover gardening shoes when they get muddy. You’ll be able to keep your momentum going without needing to take off your shoes, and stay on track with your gardening project.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Dig a hole just deep enough for a glass jar to be placed in it while the jar still has its rim in line with the surface of the ground. Pour beer into the jar until it’s almost full. Leave an inch of space between the beer and the jar top. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
A raised bed can be built with untreated wood, brick or stone. Be sure that any wood you use isn’t chemically treated, and will be able to resist rot naturally. Several species of trees yield suitable wood. Locust, cypress, and cedar are among the more commonly used rot resitent woods. Never use compost from treated woods in a veggie garden; the chemicals can contaminate your food. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.
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As should be obvious by now, organic gardening requires a bit of forethought and planning before implementation. It is also important to understand that positive results require continued work; your efforts will not be a one time only thing. If you keep all these suggestions in mind, you have taken the right steps towards becoming a successful organic gardener.