From understanding the proper mulch to use to planting your seeds at the right time of the year, the best way that you’ll ever become an organic gardener is to learn some great tactics on how to grow. Hopefully, the tips you’re about to read in this article will turn you on to the world of organics and help you to develop a green thumb.

If you have a problem with cutworms, instead of using harsh chemicals to get rid of them try this easy and harmless technique instead. Place ice cream sticks at the base of the plant, right up against the stem. Cutworms have to completely encircle the stems to eat at them and the sticks prevents them from doing this. Toothpicks work well too. Also, you can label the ice cream sticks with the name of the plant.

If you need to protect your plants in your organic garden from frost either early in the season or at the end of the season, here’s a great frugal way to cover them. Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers you can find around the house are perfect to protect your precious plants from the harsh frost.

There’s an easier way to get rid of low-growing weeds than plucking them out one at a time. When weeds like chickweed become matted, just slice under them with a sharp spade and flip them over to bury their leaves. As the weeds die and decompose, they will also help nourish your soil.

Make mulch spreading easier with the right tools. After laying out the mulch, use a flat-headed rake to efficiently spread the manure around. The tines of the rake help pull the mulch and spread it, while the flat side of the rake evens out the area. Use the rake with a pushing and pulling motion.

Go on and plant more trees. Trees are some of the best choices of things to grow in your landscape. They provide shade, moisture retention, and food for your compost every fall. Trees also add a great deal to your property values, more than any other plant you can put in your yard.

Expect to use a lot of organic fertilizer. When using organic fertilizer, expect to use much more than a chemical fertilizer. This is because an organic fertilizer contains less nutrients by weight compared to its chemical counterpart. That being said, organic fertilizers are slow and steady to release nutrients into the soil, whereas chemical fertilizers give a quick blast and then do nothing. Also, chemical fertilizers tend to be full of nitrogen, which is great for certain plants, but detrimental to others.

So, after reading and applying the helpful tips listed above, you should feel a bit more at ease in the land of organic gardening. You have the tools, and it’s time to use them. You should feel excited and ready to begin your organic gardening adventure to grow healthier organic produce.

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