One way to help your organic garden thrive is to leave an undeveloped area that is conducive to the wildlife around your area. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
When you are doing work in your garden, be efficient. Don’t waste your time looking for missing tools. In addition to keeping your gardening tools in one location, you should also clean your tools after each use. One way to keep your tools handy is to use a belt especially designed to hold them. An alternative is to wear a garment with multiple pockets that are big enough to hold your more commonly used tools.
Do not underestimate pine as great mulch. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. Pine needles to line the bed of your garden are easy to find for these kinds of plants. Spread the needles over the beds in a layer that is approximately 2-inches deep. Over time, the needles will begin to decay, supplying the soil with acid as they do.
Looking for a natural way to kill weeds in your garden? Take newspapers and layer them for controlling weeds. Weeds cannot grow without light. If the weeds have already sprouted, you can place the newspapers over them and they will die due to lack of sunlight. You can use newspapers because of how nicely they break down, they can be added into compost. In order to improve its attractiveness, add one mulch layer.
For container planting, be sure to plant your seeds at a depth around three times the radius of the seed. Some seeds shouldn’t be covered and must be in sunlight at all times. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. The directions for how to handle the seeds will usually be found on the seed’s package. You can also find this information online.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. This sounds like total nonsense, but there is research suggesting that it does promote plant growth relative to unpetted plants.
A beer trap is an effective way of of dealing with any slugs that invade your organic garden. Take a glass jar and bury it so that the soil is even with its mouth. After you have placed the jar in the soil, fill with beer to approximately one inch of the top. Slugs will be attracted by the beer and fall into the jar.
More Gardening Ideas & Resources
Clearly, organic gardening is a more voluminous subject than is commonly known. Doing it successfully entails a good amount of patience and dedication, but achieving a productive organic garden is a worthwhile endeavor indeed. If you take the information in this piece to heart, you will soon have an effective arsenal of organic gardening techniques.