The processes involved in successfully gardening can be complicated. This is due to the different factors you must learn about when going all natural. Things like pH balance and proper compost and sunlight all take on more importance due to the lack of chemical enhancers. If you are new to growing vegetables, then growing organic may take you a bit more time to learn. You won’t be a beginner for long if you put the tips you are about to learn to use.
Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Small kids enjoy picking fruit themselves out of a garden. Because of this, they’ll be more likely to provide you with some assistance in your garden if they feel like they’re receiving something out of this.
Have your gardening tools near you to minimize the time spent searching for them. Use a large bucket, or wear rugged pants with several pockets. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
For your flower beds, organic material should be used as mulch. Two or three inches should be enough. Mulch discourages weeds and helps retain moisture while adding nutrients to your flower bed. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
For some plants, pine needles makes an ideal mulch. Some plants do better in soil with high acidity as they are highly acidic themselves. For these types of plants, pine needles are wonderful for mulching. Cover your beds with the needles, as they will decompose and disperse their acid throughout the soil.
Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Green plant material consists of spent flowers, veggie and fruit waste, leaves, weeds, and grass clippings. The leaves you rake in the fall, straw, sawdust and the like are dry material. Don’t throw charcoal, meat or manure into your compost.
Want to get rid of weeds naturally? You should layer some newspaper to get weeds under control. Weeds require sunlight to grow. By covering them with a layer of newspaper, you are essentially suffocating the weeds due to a lack of light. Newsprint also breaks down well, incorporating itself into the compost. If you want it to look better, just add a layer or two of much over top of the newspapers.
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.