Many people select organic gardening to avoid using pesticides or commercial fertilizers on their garden for fear of long-term damage to their health and the environment. Also, many organic gardening techniques are quite inexpensive. These tips will get you right into the swing of organic gardening and improve your skill in no time.
Use your tool handles as rulers in the garden. Tools that can be used for more than one task are quite handy to own. Lay the handles onto the floor and place a measuring tape beside them. Next, use a Sharpie to accurately label the distance between each one. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!
While caring for your garden in the fall, you will want to keep a lookout for stinkbugs. Stinkbugs are most prevalent on tomatoes, beans and peppers. They can do a lot of damage if they are not controlled.
If you want your garden to sport flowers in the spring as well as summer, plant bulbs. Most people have no trouble successfully growing bulbs, and their flowers will return each and every year. Different varieties of bulbs flower at varied times and if you make the right choices you can have blossoms from early spring through late summer.
Start your garden off right with seeds, not plants. When starting a new garden, the most environmentally friendly way is to start from seed. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.
Read instructions on new gardening chemicals and tools before you use them. If you do not do this very simple step, you can end up causing skin irritation problems that are very painful. Keep yourself safe and always follow instructions.
Learn the appropriate time to pick different vegetables. Different veggies have different windows of time in which they should be picked; it is during this period that the vegetable is most flavorful. For instance, zucchini and baby peas have the best taste when you pick them early. Tomatoes, in contrast, taste better the longer they are allowed to ripen on the vine. Research the best time to pick your produce.
Water your garden wisely. A soaker hose can save valuable time by watering all of your plants simultaneously, removing the need for hauling a watering can or hose around to each plant. Keep the water running slowly so it doesn’t spray up onto the plants’ leaves. Give it a few hours to water the plants so you have schedule freedom to tend to other matters.
Planting organic strawberries is a great way to encourage your children to get involved. For kids, there are few things as fun as picking fruit fresh from the garden. Your children will be much more interesting in helping out if they know they’ll get to enjoy some tasty strawberries.
By implementing the advice that is in this article, you can expect to have a healthy, toxic free, productive garden in the very near future. Keep in mind that you can expect to see increase in wildlife when your garden begins to grow and work with nature.