Tips For Growing Plants The Organic Way
It’s really no secret that not everyone has a green thumb. Some people couldn’t grow mold if their basement flooded. Gardening is really an acquired skill and not something you luck into. So if you want to grow a garden but just don’t have the confidence or skill-set, use the tips provided below to beef up on your organic gardening.
Use organic material to mulch your trees and flower beds. When using an organic material it will help to conserve the water, and adds nutrients and humus to your plants. Using three inches of organic material will also help discourage weeds, and adds a nice finished appearance to all your plants.
If you are experiencing a problem with slugs or other insects, a wonderful organic contact pesticide is diatomaceous earth. You can buy this at most garden centers, and it comes in a white powder form. It is an abrasive material that will kill the critters by damaging the skin of the slugs and joints of the insects.
Use mulch to protect the plants in your organic garden. Plants need to be protected so that they can grow, since they cannot protect themselves that well. Some protections that mulch provides includes protecting your plants’ roots from the heat of the sun and and protecting the fragile plant crown during the winter.
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!
Fertilize your soil with organic compost. Organic gardeners tend to fertilize their soil twice in one season: once prior to planting, and then again in the middle of a growth cycle. The best fertilizer to use is an organic compost, as it releases nutrients slowly unlike chemical fertilizers, which release nutrients in one go and then lose their effect.
An organic alternative to chemical fertilizer is compost. You can make your own compost by using fruits, vegetables and other organic wastes from your home. Compost gives your soil the nutrients it needs and improves its structure.
A great tip for being economical in your home garden is to recycle your drink cups and use them to seed your tomatoes. When the seeds need to be transplanted, remove the bottom portion of the cups and plant them into the ground. This will also stop cutworms from getting into your plants.
Making rich, organic compost for your garden doesn’t take special equipment. All you really need to do is dump your kitchen scraps, lawn trimmings and leaves in a pile, and let nature take its course. It may take a bit longer, but in the end you’ll have a rich, healthy compost.
Developing a skill-set in gardening does not mean you have to possess an aptitude for agriculture, in general. As long as you can follow some fairly basic directions, you should have no trouble, whatsoever, planting and growing a successful garden that is 100% organic. So here’s to your success!