Organic Gardening Woes?

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If you want to improve your diet, you may want to get into organic gardening. However, you will need to put forth an effort in order to make it grow. You probably have many questions about how to accomplish your gardening goals.

Take care of your containers. You do not have to spend a lot of money on containers: you can reuse common items as pots. Make sure you clean your containers thoroughly and disinfect them to avoid diseases. Drill a few holes in the bottom so that the extra water can be drained.

When working in the garden, try to work as efficiently as possible. Wasting time finding tools is inefficient gardening. By keeping your tools in a certain area, they will always be ready whenever you are. If needed, purchase a tool belt or heavy duty pants with plenty of pockets.

You can save time by using soaker hoses. Instead of standing with a hose for a long time or having to refill a container, set your water pressure on low and let your hose sit next to the plant that needs to be watered. Do not forget to turn the water off later.

Take steps to protect earthworms in your organic garden. Till your soil minimally, as tilling can kill earthworms. The best tilling depth is 3 to 5 inches. Avoid using chemical fertilizers because they harm the micro-organisms in the soil, decreasing earthworm activity. Be sure that the soil never dries out too much, but at the same time avoid over-watering. By maintaining these soil conditions, you will notice your earthworm population increasing rapidly!

Use plants that work together. Some plants take nutrients away from the soil while others fixate those same-lost nutrients. Traditionally, vegetables are planted with a crop rotation because of the ability of certain crops to replenish the natural nitrogen in the ground. However, you may be able to take advantage of this knowledge by pairing up “companion plants”.

When building or maintaining a compost pile, it is important not to add coal ash or charcoal to the pile. Both ash and charcoal have high amounts of iron and sulfur, as well as other unwanted chemicals that may pollute the soil and potentially harm the health of your plants.

So, as you have seen, it is true that organic gardening requires research, work, and effort to start growing your own organic plants. Also, to get the best results, you must stay focused and keep up with it. If you use the advice in this article, you will soon see great results from your organic garden.

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