Organic Gardening Tips – 3 Tips to Prepare For Starters

The amount of organic gardens is growing rapidly. This simply means a more healthy and environment-friendly world. If you would like to have your own organic garden, here are some helpful organic gardening tips to prepare yourself:

Organic Gardening Tip #1: Choosing Your Crops

There are many crops available at markets and groceries stores. An advice would be not to pick any that you like but choose properly based on your climate and site condition. I can’t emphasize in words the importance of this.

As a beginner, start with vegetables and beans then move onto other seeds.

Organic Gardening Tip #2: Preparing Proper Containers

Be on the look out for proper containers so that you can have a head start in planting your seeds for the season. After it grows to a decent length, then you transfer to your garden. If you do not want to plant yet, your job then would be to prepare the soil with clay and other organic matter.

Examples of proper containers would be old yogurt containers, milk cartons, tubes of potato chips (like Pringles), juice cans.

If you are unable to find any of those, approach the gardening centers and purchase them. Always ensure the container you buy is about 4 inches deep.

An additional tip would be to kill off all germs and bacteria off the container by cleaning with (lukewarm water + chlorine bleach). After which, leave it in the open sun to eliminate off all the residues.

Organic Gardening Tip #3: Purchase packets of planting mix for standby

Start preparing yourself by buying planting mix. They will help in the healthy growth of your plants.

Always keep extras when possible.

Here’s an extra tip: Make sure your planting mixes are sterile as it’s much safer for you and your plants.

Organic Gardening Tip #4: Labeling Your Containers.

Many beginners make this mistake by not labeling your containers. They forgot the fact that most plants that are in the sprouting stage look alike, making it hard to differentiate which plant is which.

Labeling would also prevent you from planting the same seeds again and again.

Organic Gardening Tip #5: Prepare Sufficient Light

Due to some high-rise buildings, sunlight for some areas might be blocked, causing natural sunlight to be unavailable.

If you are one of the unfortunate few, you should panic! Nah, kidding. What you should be doing is heading down to the nearest electronics store to purchase fluorescent light tubes.

All these organic gardening tips can be implemented and prepared the moment you intend to go organic, giving you an unfair advantage over other gardeners. You will save up a lot of trouble in the future, compared to the others which might complain that they can’t get started or their plants are not growing well.

Basic Gardening Tips for Beginners

You’ve decided to plant a garden but you need basic gardening tips for beginners, this is the place to be. Gardening has become a delightful hobby for people all over the world.

There are many rewards for the gardener, the visuals of his creation, the scent of the blooms, great fresh air and lots of exercise. Imagine a weekend spent in the yard with your feet up drinking in the spectacular gardens that you have created the fruits of your labor and love. If you are a beginner gardener, here are some basic gardening tips. No matter how much room you have, you can create a masterpiece garden.

The basic garden tips for beginners will help you create new gardens and make it a successful and joyful experience. In the beginning go slowly, start small but use your imagination. Choose a project that will not take a long time to complete. If it takes you weeks to finish a project you will get frustrated and start to hate the project you wanted to enjoy. Even if you have 75 or 100 square feet you will be amazed at how much you can plant.

If you are determined to have a larger project, then work in sections and turn your attention to one area at a time. This way as each section is finished you can enjoy that completed job. This will also build up your confidence as you go along making the next section not so daunting.

But for a beginner gardener a small scale garden is optimal. You are going to have to learn the basics of gardening, all about disease, the best way to control weeds and pests, the all important watering and when and how to fertilize. After your initial project you can enlarge the garden or plant one somewhere else in your yard with your new found confidence.

To cut down on the weeding of your garden, place mulch around the plants. This serves three purposes; it cuts down on weeding, as well as aiding in temperature control and water retention. Granted there are some gardeners that love to work the soil and weed the plants but it would be more rewarding to tending to the plants or just watching them grow. To maintain really healthy plants water for longer periods of time but less frequently. Do not let the plants dry out. Always water early in the morning so the plant leaves have time to dry out during the day which helps prevent fungal disease.

After planting, try to have your garden remain pesticide free. An especially good natural deterrent is as follows:

In a jar, combine 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and 1 cup vegetable oil. Shake vigorously. In an empty spray bottle, combine 2 teaspoons of this mixture and 1 cup water. Use at ten-day intervals (or more often if needed) to rid plants of whiteflies, mites, aphids, scales, and other pests.

These are the basic gardening tips for beginners. Remember, that you can create lovely gardens in containers which you can move around as you please. There are hundreds of different plant combinations and containers that you can use for a container garden. So, if you are an apartment or condo dweller, you can plant lovely gardens on your balcony or patio. The basic tip here is that container gardens will dry out much faster than the plants in the ground so be vigilant about checking them for moisture.

Happy Gardening And Good Luck!

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Three More Gardening Tips For Flower Gardens

Here are three more gardening tips that can make your gardening experience more enjoyable and successful. The difference between pleasurable gardening and hassle gardening is often just a few simple steps and measures.

Birdseed mayhem

Here’s a simple gardening tip that many are surprised at. Do you have a bird feeder? Does some of that seed spill to the ground and sprout. What a hassle! Then you get to spend a few sessions a week pulling up the sprouts. There are better ways to use your time.

Here’s what you do. Put the birdseed on a cookie sheet and bake for about 7 to 8 minutes at 300 degrees. The birds will thank you for the toasted treats and the spilled birdseed will not sprout in your garden.

How clever is that?

Protect Your Birds

While we are on the subject of birds, let’s discuss their safety. If you have a cat that spends time outdoors, then you have probably received the occasional gift on the front doorstep of your pet’s most recent kill.

Don’t have a cat, you say. What about your neighbor? Have they had any luck attacking birds at your feeder? If so, take some steps to protect the feeding birds from predators, cats and others.

Do not put your feeder near to any surface that cats can reach with a quick jump. Porches are often bad place for feeders because predators have easy access.

Compost in the Winter

I love this gardening tip! Do you stop composting in the winter because of the cold? There is no need to do that if you take a couple precautions. First, use a black container and place it in a spot that gets the most sun through out the day. The container can heat up in spite of the cold.

Another option is to find some way to insulate the container. Do you have some sort of greenhouse you could put it in that isn’t used as a porch. Or, you could surround the bucket with leaves, cut grass or hay.

These simple measures, and even others that you may be able to come up with on your own, you will be able to compost through out the whole year.

These gardening tips are just the latest of this series on fun and successful gardening. Implementing these simple strategies can make your gardening hobby that much more enjoyable.