The hobby of organic gardening requires both a green thumb and a great deal of patience. This is a hobby where the goal is to grow food that is healthy and pesticide free. However, organic gardening can seem quite daunting, especially if you do not possess the proverbial green thumb. Continue on for some helpful advice that will have you gardening like a pro.
Use your own seeds for gardening in later seasons. This lets you ensure that your plants are organic from start to finish. Take an earlier season of plants and allow them to go to seed before you remove them. This means that not only are your plants growing without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, the seeds were grown without them either.
When you buy seeds for your garden, be sure to purchase seeds that are labeled “certified organic.” This ensures that your plants will be organic throughout their lifespan and that the seeds you are buying aren’t contaminated with chemical fertilizers or pesticides. Watch out for labels, such as “genetically engineered” or any mention of “natural” that does not include the phrase “certified organic.”
It is easy to quickly prepare your perennial garden ground. Turn over the soil in your garden so it will be soft and easy to plant before spreading wood chips around your garden. After a few weeks, dig, then plant your perennials.
Your plants need to be fed properly as soon as they start sprouting leaves. If you did not use compost in your soil, you have to fertilize your plants. You can mix water with a liquid fish or sea weed solution and spray it on your plants, or add this mix to the water in which your trays and pots are bathing.
Do not get rid of weeds by pulling them. This takes you a lot of time and they might grow back. If you notice an area with a lot of weeds, take a shovel and dig under it. Turn the soil over so that the weeds feed your seeds like manure would.
Pine can make for a great type of mulch. Some garden plants have a higher acidity, and prefer a more acidic soil. Pine needles to line the bed of your garden are easy to find for these kinds of plants. Using several inches of needles to cover your beds provides acid for the soil as they begin to decompose.
If you have a compost pile, but have very few leaves to add to it this fall, try incorporating straw or hay into your compost pile. This is a great way to add carbon which is very beneficial to the growth and health of plants. The straw and hay may contain seeds, so it is best to use an organic weed spray on your compost pile to get rid of the unwanted weeds.
Successful organic gardening incorporates quite a few elements, such as patience, knowledge and nature. This is a great hobby that uses your land to grow food. Follow the tips and put in the needed effort, and you will be a successful organic gardener.