Strawberries are a great plant to grow in any organic garden, especially if you happen to have kids or any strawberry lover in your home. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.
If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. If your home does not let in sufficient light, then consider getting plants that thrive in low-light situations. You can also try using artificial lighting to help.
To be more efficient when working in your organic garden, have your tools close at hand. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
Keep plastic bags handy to cover your muddy gardening shoes. You will save time and be back in the garden much more quickly by doing this.
Use an old laundry basket to bring your fresh produce in from the garden. A benefit of using something like a laundry basket is that it can strain for you, as well as hold a large amount of produce. If you leave your produce in the basket while rinsing it, the basket will be able to serve as a strainer, with the extra water dripping out the holes in the bottom of the basket.
When you plant the seeds in containers, be sure the planting’s depth is three times bigger than the seed. There are exceptions to this rule, however. Some seeds should remain uncovered because they thrive in direct sunlight. Examples of these are petunias and ageratum. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. The most popular options for this type of project are cypress, locust and cedar woods. If you use your garden to grow vegetables, avoid using wood that has been treated with chemicals. These toxic chemicals may seep into the soil, damaging your crops. If you have placed treated wood in your garden, line it with a coat of plastic.
Organic gardening may sometimes require more effort than resorting to chemicals, but the payoff in the end is well worth the work. Although the chemicals may claim greater results, using organic methods to tame your garden will do less harm to your body, and the environment.
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With these tips still fresh in your mind, you should be feeling more confident about your knowledge of organic gardening methods. If you already knew about organic gardening, you should be an expert by now. The different tips and methods you can use are endless, and as long as you can follow and implement the information correctly, you should have no trouble growing a fantastic garden this season.