Ready to begin with your own organic garden? Do you know where to start or how to begin with it? Do you know what products will work for your garden? If you have no clue how to answer these last couple questions, the tips that are listed below are for you.
The first thing you can do to ward off garden pests is to ensure you are using healthy soil in your garden. The hearty plants that will grow in a garden with rich soil can resist the bugs and diseases that weak plants can't withstand. Starting with soil that is in good condition can yield the best plants.
If your green thumb starts to wilt during those long winter months when your garden is buried beneath a foot of snow, learn how to grow microgreens to provide yourself with fresh, healthy salads, sandwich toppings and garnishes all year round. Microgreens require very little sunlight and are easy to grow indoors. Some common microgreens include kale, dill, basil, spinach, and chard.
Are you wondering if you need to water your lawn? One good way to tell is to simply walk across it. If you can see your footprints, you have a thirsty yard. Every week, your lawn should be receiving up to one inch of water. If you live in an area where it doesn't rain frequently, make sure to give your lawn the "footprint test" whenever you're not sure if it's had enough to drink.
To be sure a tree doesn't become a problem with age, think of what size it will become before you plant it. The perfect place for a sapling may not be a great place for a tree several years down the road. You should be especially careful not to plant a tree too closely to your house, as the roots can cause damage.
If you don't have someone to water your plants while you're out of town, build a homemade watering device! Simply make a small hole in the bottom of a jug, block the hole, and then fill it with water. Place the jug near the base of the plant and remove whatever is blocking the hole. This will slowly give your plant the water it needs while you're away.
Draw up a garden plan before you plant the first seed. This way, when the sprouts start shooting up, you can recall where you planted each plant. This is also a great way to keep track of all your plants.
Peas have a better chance of survival when their seeds are started indoors as opposed to outside, exposed to the elements. Seeds that are planted indoors will enjoy superior germination. Seedlings raised indoors are hardier, too; they can stand up better to diseases and insects. Once they are suitably strong, transplant them outside.
It is important to wear eye protection when you are gardening. Many people do not realize that chemicals can easily get splashed, fertilizer can be blown or dirt can land in their eyes. All of these things can cause major damage to the eye. If wearing eye protection the chances of having your eyes damaged are greatly decreased.
Collect your dirt for a soil analysis to see the nutrients your soil needs. You can get this tested at a local university's agriculture department, usually for a fee. The fee is well worth it usually because then you will know what nutrients your dirt needs to have a garden that is successful.
Keep kitties looking for a bathroom out of your garden with natural deterrents such as black pepper and orange peels. You can also cover the ground around your plants with chicken wire, or purchase a pack of inexpensive wooden chopsticks and poke them in the ground haphazardly. These ideas can protect your vegetables and herbs from being contaminated by toxoplasmosis, a parasite that can be especially harmful to pregnant women.
Scent the grass around your garden with old perfume or discarded aftershave to prevent your dog from wandering into your garden. Your dog will be less attracted to your garden when these scents overpower compost scents and other smells dogs like.
Now, you shouldn't get your hopes up and believe that a few tips are going to turn you into an instant professional gardener. However, these tips are a great starting point if you do plan to grow organically. As you implement these tips and hone your skills, you'll be a professional green-thumb-holder in no time.