When you take time to apply proper organic gardening techniques and products, it really does show. Using these environmentally sound techniques means you care about your own health and that of your garden. This is a very good thing to do. Just like most things in life, there are continual ways to improve your skills. The following article will help you do that.
Try not to walk in your garden unless you absolutely have to in order to care for it. Work from a distance when you can. Walking across the soil compacts it, which makes it harder for roots to penetrate to needed nutrients. If your soil is already packed down, gently aerate it without damaging root structure.
Create soil for your organic garden by composting. Composting is a wonderful way to re-use some items that you would normally throw away as garbage. It also provides for rich and fertile soil, without the use of chemicals and pesticides. Compost bins are available in many sizes to fit your specific needs.
Take steps to protect earthworms in your organic garden. Till your soil minimally, as tilling can kill earthworms. The best tilling depth is 3 to 5 inches. Avoid using chemical fertilizers because they harm the micro-organisms in the soil, decreasing earthworm activity. Be sure that the soil never dries out too much, but at the same time avoid over-watering. By maintaining these soil conditions, you will notice your earthworm population increasing rapidly!
Often times, in order to get rid of certain caterpillars or worms, you have to use a special netting that will hide them from your leafy green plants such as broccoli. This net will keep the pests out and away from damaging your crops, while maintaining the organic essence of your garden.
Soil health can be improved by adding mulch. Mulch acts as a protective covering for the soil. It keeps the soil cool on very hot days, thus protecting the roots in the ground. It also keeps soil moist longer by preventing water evaporation. It will also keep weeds under control.
If you are serious about organic gardening, you must start with organic seed. Organic seed comes from fruits and vegetables that have not been treated by any chemicals, nor can they be from fruits or vegetables that have been genetically modified in any way. Organic seed can be more expensive than non-organic, however, it is an investment you will only need to make once for most standard garden plants, since you harvest your own produce and then save the seeds for your next planting.
You are now equipped with some knowledge and new skills to apply to an organic garden of your own. If you do not, you are on the right path to obtaining them. The basic tips provided here will give you a good start in building your own body of knowledge as you work. You have likely, however, learned at least one thing that will be well put to use in your garden.