It’s really no secret that not everyone has a green thumb. Some people couldn’t grow mold if their basement flooded. Gardening is really an acquired skill and not something you luck into. So if you want to grow a garden but just don’t have the confidence or skill-set, use the tips provided below to beef up on your organic gardening.
Create useful rulers from your tool handles. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Use a bright permanent marker and label the distances. When you decide to work in the garden again, you will now have a ruler at your disposal.
If you have enough space pick one row in your garden to contain an assortment of different vegetables. Try uncommon or unusual crops that you wouldn’t want in abundance, but that can liven up a meal that you prepare using your usual crops. Plant crops in this row over time so that you’ll always have a selection of vegetables to try.
Do not forget the sun when deciding on a place for a garden. Gardens need sun. Almost all flowering plants and vegetables grow best in excellent sunlight. Vegetables like tomatoes require a lot of sunlight and will not produce without it. If there are trees above the area, trim them back or look for another location because a garden without sun is doomed to failure.
Weed the garden often and early. Plan on a weeding schedule for the garden at least three times. The first should be five to seven days after sowing, and again seven to ten days after that. The third time should be three to four weeks after planting, by this time the plants should be rooted well enough to add mulching and sufficient leaves to shade the surface.
Good green gardens begin from seeds, not plants. The environmentally conscious way to start a new garden is to start with seeds. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Pest control can present a challenge for successful vegetable gardening. Since you are growing the vegetables for your own consumption, you want to stay away from pesticides. Instead of resorting to these harmful chemicals, you can keep garden pests at bay simply by paying close attention. If you catch them early, you can take them off the plants by hand.
Irrigate your garden efficiently. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. Turn the water pressure on low so the soaker hose will not harm tender plants. You can take care of other tasks or just relax while your plants are automatically watered for an hour or so.
Developing a skill-set in gardening does not mean you have to possess an aptitude for agriculture, in general. As long as you can follow some fairly basic directions, you should have no trouble, whatsoever, planting and growing a successful garden that is 100% organic. So here’s to your success!