Organic gardening has gained popularity from people who no longer wish to consume produce that has been treated with chemicals and pesticides, which can damage the environment and a person’s health. Organic horticulture is a very cost-efficient way to grow fruits and vegetables. Here are some strategies to aid you in becoming a good organic gardener.

The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. Tools with long handles such as hoes and rakes can double as measuring sticks. Lay the handles upon the floor and use a tape measure along side of them. Use a bright permanent marker and label the distances. Next time you are working in the garden, you will have a large ruler at your fingertips!

Baking Soda

If you notice powdery mildew on your plants, do not buy an expensive chemical. Rather, you should mix a bit of baking soda with a small quantity of liquid soap in water. Once a week, spray this on plants to eliminate the mildew. Baking soda is safe for use on your plants and is a gentle, but effective way to care for your plants.

If you want to cover up your walls or fences, make sure that you specifically use climbing plants. Plants that climb are extraordinarily versatile, and can help hide an unsightly wall or fence, usually within one season. You can also use them in your landscape to cover an existing arbor, or allow them to climb up trees, or through shrubs. There are natural climbers, which use tendrils or stems to wrap around any given surface, while others must be tied with a string or rope. Honeysuckle and jasmine are very beautiful varieties of such climbers.

Check the soil before you plant anything in your garden. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Save yourself the trouble of a failed crop by contacting your local Cooperative Extension to preform the soil test.

Seeds should be soaked in a dark area overnight. Place your seeds in a container filled with water. This will allow seeds to be watered and they will get a kick start when growing. The young plants will survive better, and get a boost toward maturity.

Knee Pads

If you have many low-growing plants in your garden, get yourself a pair of horticulture knee pads. Long hours tending your garden can leave your knees sore and achy. You can be more comfortable in the garden with a good pair of gardening knee pads.

If you want an organic way to weed your garden, try “boiling” them. A pot of very hot water is one of the most effective ways you can get rid of the weeds in your garden. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Weeds will usually stop growing if boiling water damages their roots.

If you find yourself in love with mint leaves, but not with how they dominate a garden, read on. You can control their growth by placing them into a pot or container. You can then plant the container down in the ground if you like, but the walls of the container will hold the roots captive, and keep the plant from taking over your garden!

The best gardens will evolve from original seeds rather than transplanted items. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. Plastic used in nurseries normally end up in landfills. For an garden that helps the environment, plant seeds directly in the garden’s soil or purchase plants grown in organic packaging.

Start using these tips right away, and you will be able to enjoy all of the benefits of a healthy, pollutant free organic garden in no time. You will also see more animals in your garden, because organic gardens are more attuned to nature.