When it comes time for you to start growing an organic garden, you may wonder where to begin, as there are so many things to consider when buying the right tools and accessories. The tips in this article can provide you with what you need to know to successfully grow your own organic garden.
Cut the tips off of your expensive perennials! Dip the cut ends in rooting hormone and submerge them in damp sand. In a couple of weeks the cuttings will form roots and you’ll have free start-up plants to give to all of your friends and acquaintances. Free plants are very much appreciated in today’s tough economic times!
Use compost to feed your crops. In organic gardening, compost is necessary for the survival of your plants. A home compost pile is a great, inexpensive source of compost. Many food scraps, grass, and dry leaves can be used in your compost. However, avoid cooked foods, ash, and animal waste in an organic compost pile.
Do your homework. Gardening, and organic gardening in particular, depends on a lot of variables including crop, climate, weather, soil, and pests. To be successful requires a lot of trial and error. To be as informed as possible, read as many books, articles, and blogs on organic gardening as you can. Those written about your state can be especially informative.
If you have an area around your driveway or patio that is in a sunny location and the heat radiates from the concrete and bakes the plants located in the area, the best solution is to buy plants that thrive in rocks or desert conditions. By growing them next to the concrete, the conditions of the area are ideal for plants that thrive in harsh heat and dry environments. In addition, you don’t have to replace them year after year.
The healthy compost will consist of brown materials such as dead leaves, wood debris, plant debris, wood ash and straw. It will also need green materials, such as coffee grounds, grass clippings, kitchen scrapes (but not meat), and manure. The compost recipe should be two parts brown material to one part green material.
Organic gardening means trying to grow plants as naturally as possible without the use of chemicals. So when the time comes to kill harmful, plant-eating insects, try planting a few flowers in your vegetable garden. The flowers will attract beneficial insects that naturally kill the harmful ones. These beneficial insects perform other valuable services like pollination as well as pest control.
Start your own compost pile. It works better and is cheaper than commercial fertilizers. Your compost pile should be located in an area that is away from direct sunlight and has good drainage. You can speed up the decomposition process by chopping the items into smaller pieces with a shovel, shredder or lawn mower.
As you have seen, organic gardening techniques, while various, share many fundamentals. They just vary in terms of plant types and care. All it takes to decide between them is some research and common sense to find the best plants and tools that will work with you, your budget, and your organic garden.