You know how to garden pretty well, and you have a rough idea of what it takes to consider something to be be organically grown, however you do not know exactly what organic gardening is. This article will break it down for you easily and help to clear up any confusion that you may have.
Design your garden so that your harvest is staggered over as long a season as possible. Use cold-tolerant root crops and greens in the fall, for example, and plan to pick and preserve early strawberries in June. This way, you will have the space and time in your life to store everything you grow.
A handy trick is to turn the handle on a tool that you use often into a makeshift ruler. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Place the handles on the floor, then set a measuring tape alongside them. Label the distances onto them using a permanent marker pen. Next time you work in the garden, you can have a larger ruler with you!
In a place that’s dark, pre-soak the seeds. Soak the seeds by placing them in a container where they are covered with water. The water will hydrate the sends, giving them a head start once you plant them. The seeds will have a better chance of surviving and maturing.
If this is your first time planting a garden, you should purchase seeds and plant them in seed trays to allow them to grow some before planting them outside. By doing this, your plant will be stronger and much more likely to survive once you plant it in the soil outside.
An excellent way to store the goodies from a homegrown garden is to freeze them in small batches. Using small sealable plastic bags and cutting small amounts of fresh vegetables every few days will help store the extras from the garden. Just bag and toss in the freezer and the packets can be added at any time to soups and pastas year round.
Pest control is tough when you have a veggie garden. Do not spray harsh chemicals on the vegetables you are going to eat. If you remain vigilant, you can control your garden pest population. When you catch a potential infestation early, the solution may be as simple as picking the pests off of your plants with your fingers.
Keep your gardening tools organized. You do not want to trek out to your garden, only to realize you do not have everything you need with you and need to hunt your tools down. Keep small tools in a tool belt that you can grab and throw on easily or keep them in a 5-gallon bucket that you can carry out to your garden, quickly.
In conclusion, you came into this article wondering exactly what organic gardening was and now, you should have a pretty clear idea of what it is. Hopefully, this new knowledge will help you not only to expand your garden, but also allow you to share this information with people who have the same interests.