Organic gardening is growing in popularity. Not only is it better for the ecosystem, but it’s also thought to be beneficial to the human body.
If you’re looking to hop on the organic gardening wagon, here are a few tips to make the journey easier.
Use garlic to ward off pests
Bugs don’t like the smell of garlic. In addition, they will avoid chives and onions, too, so surround your organic garden with these plants as a natural pest control.
Use cornmeal to get rid of slugs
If you have a slug problem, consider using cornmeal to get rid of them. Like ants, who eat sugar until the explode, slugs are attracted to and eat cornmeal – despite the fact that it kills them.
Make a soda bottle into a mini greenhouse for delicate plants
Have a small plant that needs a boost? Use a plastic soda bottle that has been cut in half as a mini greenhouse. This will protect the plant from frost, keep it warm, and help it grow.
Start seedlings in the house
One good way to kick start your organic garden is by starting your seedlings in the house. You can do this by planting them in half an eggshell or half a lemon peel with a hole cut in the bottom. Once they have sprouted, you can plant the whole thing in your garden.
Measure plant spacing using gardening tools
One simple way to save money is by using a garden tool as a means to gauge the space between plants. Use a marker to draw a line on your favorite garden tool; then, use it to measure the distance when planting new seedlings.
Reuse water when you can
Conserving water is important for the organic gardener. Use water from boiling vegetables for dinner in your garden, wash veggies over a rain barrel to reuse the water or dilute your urine and use it as a fertilizer (no worse than cow manure!)
Soak your seeds
If you’re looking for a new way to decrease the germination time of your seeds, soak them in warm water for 24-hours before you plant them. This will soften their shells and help them grow faster.
Water in the morning
Although it means getting up a bit earlier, watering your garden in the morning will help prevent the growth of fungi and weeds that thrive in high humidity.
Repurpose coffee grounds
Are you a coffee drinker? Reuse your old coffee grounds! Your acid-loving plants will appreciate your old grounds.
Use your organic waste
No need to throw away uneaten food or organic waste! It can be turned into fertilizer. All you need is a compost tumbler and you can fertilize your garden with natural organic fertilizers that you have created yourself.
Make DIY plant tags
When you have so any plants that you need to label them, make your own plant tags instead of purchasing commercial tags. You can do this by shaving the bark off of a small twig and writing on it with a marker.
Make use of small pet droppings
If you have a rabbit at home, you have plenty of natural fertilizer right at your finger tips. You can use their droppings in your garden.