Many people turn to organic gardening because they are worried about the long-term toxic effects of the many commercial fertilizers and pesticides, on both their health and the environment. There is also the fact that maintaining an organic garden is inexpensive. Here are some suggestions on helping you to become a organic gardening professional.
A good tip to help your plants stay healthy and fight diseases is to use aspirin water. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. Spray the plants with the aspirin water to assist plants in battling disease. Apply at three week intervals.
If you are looking at creating an endurable organic garden, you should think about keeping some of your property vacant so that wildlife may flourish there. This is a great natural way to allow the insects and animals found in nature to assist with the growth of your garden.
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Before planting your favorite perennials, you must first prepare the ground. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary. To prepare the garden, slice out sheets of turf using the spade, and flip the turf upside down. Then, cover the newly turned soil with wood chips, approximately three inches deep. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.
Learn to work efficiently. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. By keeping your tools in a certain area, they will always be ready whenever you are. If needed, purchase a tool belt or heavy duty pants with plenty of pockets.
Have plastic bags on hand so that you may cover your muddy gardening shoes. This lets you be able to return to the garden without interrupting your work.
Use a beer trap to capture slugs and stop them from eating your plants. 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. Fill the jar with beer within one inch of the top. Beer attracts slugs and then they’ll get stuck in the jar.
Try to use untreated wood, brick or stone and make a raised bed. Choose wood that is naturally resistant to rot and is untreated. Some good choices include locust, cypress, and cedar. 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 to use treated wood, you should line it with a bit of plastic to create a barrier.
Adding mulch to your garden can make your soil healthier. Mulch can help protect your soil. On hot days, mulch insulates the ground, keeping it cool and protecting your plants’ roots. It will also stop the soil from losing it’s moisture in the hot sunlight. This will also help to keep weeds under control.
If you start implementing the organic gardening advice included in this article today, you can look forward to having a healthy, productive, toxic-free garden in the near future. When you are organic gardening and working with nature, you will also see a lot of wildlife coming to visit!