The hobby of organic gardening requires both a green thumb and a great deal of patience. The aim is to grow food for the family that is both healthy and free of chemicals and pesticides. It might sound easy, but is it? See these tips to learn how to get started with this healthy, rewarding hobby.
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.
You will need to rotate the plants on a regular basis when you have an indoor organic garden. Plants need to get light from all directions in order to grow properly. If they are not rotated, plants will bend toward a light source, which can actually cause them to produce less fruits and vegetables, than they would have if they had been rotated.
By adding a nice layer of bio-degradable material (mulch) around your plants, you can utilize the natural pest-fighting ability within the mulch to stop predators to your plants. By putting a one to two inch layer around your plants, you are also adding a source of nutrients and a source of water.
Know the benefits of composting. Composting is one of the best things you can do for your organic garden. Composting improves moisture levels, promotes fertility, and stimulates plant roots. You can start your own composting at home, and reduce your household waste, as well as get free food for your garden.
Research plants before bringing them home. When you are trying to get the best plants for your organic landscape, you should take the time to get educated. Chose plants that are suited to growing conditions you already have, rather than trying to build an environment for a plant you didn’t properly plan for.
If you aren’t ready to devote your time and energy to a full organic garden or just don’t have the space for one, use a container instead. Look for plants that are small and well suited for containers. Whiskey barrels are great for container gardens because they have plenty of room for roots to grow and can be used for multiple varieties of plants.
Try to work in your garden at least a short time each day. There are certain little things to help you keep up with your garden, even if you don’t have the necessary time each day to do everything. While you are with your pet outside, pull some weeds while the pet does its business.
Organic gardening uses nature, hard work and patience to support a great hobby. A hobby that results in growing something delicious to eat. But, if you are ready to dedicate yourself and stick to the advice in this piece, you are sure to be a successful organic gardener.