You are ready to plant your organic garden. What do you need to do get started? Keep reading for tips any beginner will find useful.
The quick and drastic change in the weather conditions can shock your plants and cause them to die. It’s important that you gradually change temperate conditions over time, so that your plants can adjust. You need to give them about an hour of sunlight during the first day. Gradually increase the the time they spend outside over a one week period. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
Use pots to start your plants, then transfer them to a garden when they become seedlings. This really increases the survival rate of young plants. Seeds can’t always thrive in gardens, and are often eaten by birds. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
Vegetable plants should be planted where they can benefit from a minimum of six hours of sunlight every day. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.
If you discover that your soil is very alkaline, take used coffee grounds and mix them thoroughly with your soil. Coffee grounds are an affordable means of adding acid to the soil so that it is pH-balanced. You will notice that your vegetables and greens will have a stronger taste.
It is particularly important for new gardeners to read and follow instructions that come with tools, as well as chemicals. Failure to follow instructions can be dangerous or painful. For example, some chemicals will irritate your skin if you don’t follow safety rules. So make sure you take precautions, follow the simple directions and be safe.
When growing a vegetable garden it can be hard to control pests. Don’t spray any harsh chemicals on your vegetables because you will be eating them later on. So to help you control the pests that may invade your garden, you will want to stay vigilant. If you happen to notice them early on, you can control them just by physically removing them from your plants with your hands.
When horticulture, don’t use any broad-spectrum pesticides. Besides killing the insects you don’t want, this type of pesticide will also kill beneficial insects. These helpful bugs are usually more sensitive to the chemicals than the pests, so if you find yourself in a situation where the good bugs are dying out, you can expect the pest problem to grow. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.
If you have problems keeping the dog out of the garden, spray things like aftershave, perfume or other scents on the grass surrounding the garden. By masking the smells he may be attracted to, he should take less interest in the garden plants.
Once your seeds start sprouting, they do not need as much warmth as they needed before. As your plants grow, you will want to put a little distance between them and heat. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container. Check on your seeds often so you catch them when they are ready.
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Hopefully these tips have helped to prepare you for having an organic garden. You are now the expert, even if you didn’t think so before. You’ve read tips that you can use to create a lovely garden full of organic and natural products.