Jan 1, 2014

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What Is All Of The Buzz About Organic Gardening?

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I’ve been growing edible stuff in my garden for a number of years now, after planting a plum tree when i first got the house and tasting how much better they were than those from the supermarket.

This year i decided to step it up a little, so i’ve slated over a 4m x3m area at the bottom of the garden hidden away behind the garage, and got to work adding raised beds etc.

The raised beds are pretty cool – about £25 each from crocus, 1m x 1m x 0.25m and made out of black plastic (so retain heat better). I think wood would have looked nicer, i originally looked at railway sleepers, but the recycled ones are heavily treated in (creosote?) which has now been found to be more carcenogenic than originally thought so not good for around food, and modern sleepers are treated in a deriviative of arsenic, which might be okay, but didnt really appeal!

The huge propogator things are from B&Q for £5 each – really useful for getting the seedlings started, and just as importantly for stopping the local cats from using them as litter trays (grrr) (hence the reason theres (home-harvested 🙂 bamboo over the bed without propogators)

I have a terrible problem with slugs in the garden, they ravage most things, hence i’ve tried using slate to make it all more of a chore to get to, and…. best of all i’ve just built a pond (which im stood next to here), which along with a couple of goldfish i’ve taken 30+ frogs of different sizes from my parents pond, along with a load of frog spawn – woe-betide any slug that decides to take up residence in this garden 🙂

For some people, organic gardening is a relaxing activity, while for others, it is a bother. Continue on for some good tips that will help you succeed in organic gardening.

To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. Put the plants outside in the sun for one to two hours in the beginning. Over a period of several days, slowly increase the time they are allowed to stay outside. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.

If you want to keep your garden free of pests, start with healthy soil! Healthier plants are greater in strength and resistance to illness and insects. Start your garden off with a high-quality soil that you can enrich over time.

Bring some plants into your home to protect them against winter weather. You may want to save the most beautiful or expensive ones. Dig carefully around their roots and place them into a pot.

Stink bugs can damage your garden, especially if you garden in the fall. They love to inhabit peppers, beans, tomatoes and all kinds of fruit varieties. If they are left in the garden, they can do great damage to your plants, so you should do whatever you can to eliminate them.

One way to correct your soil’s alkalinity is by amending your soil with used coffee grounds. This is a great and cheap way to increase the acid levels in your dirt. By amending your soils, you will help your plants grow and flourish.

Using boiling water to kill weeds is both efficient and organic. The safest herbicide that you can use in your garden is a simple pot of boiling water. Douse the weeds with this pot, just avoid the nearby plants. The water will kill the weeds by destroying the roots and if poured directly on the weeds, will prevent them from growing back.

Gardening is an incredible method of relaxing. Countless methods of unwinding from the stresses of life exist. Gardening is easily one of the most relaxing and gratifying ways to spend your extra time. You will not need to spend a lot of money to grow your garden, and it provides many benefits. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the sense of peace and calm that comes from nurturing your plants.

During the hottest hours of each day, your vegetables become too soft, and even gentle harvesting will cause damage and bruising. When you remove the produce from the plant, use shears or a knife to cut them from the vine without twisting, as this can damage the plant.

Pay attention to how much light your indoor plants are getting. If your windows are small or receive little light due to their positioning, a plant that requires little sunlight will be more comfortable and healthy. Using UV lamps is a great way to grow an organic garden anywhere.

It is possible to control weeds with natural methods. A layer of newspaper, several pages thick, placed over the ground will do the trick. It is a fact that weeds cannot thrive without light from the sun. By placing newspaper over them, they will not get light and suffocate. Newspapers break down over time, and they make a great addition to compost. Add visual appeal by placing some mulch over the top.

As you now know, organic gardening isn’t as simple as you may have thought. While creating a lovely organic garden takes a lot of effort, the results are more than worth the work. If you take the information in this piece to heart, you will soon have an effective arsenal of organic gardening techniques.