Learning The Tricks Of The Gardening Trade Spray them once about every three weeks. Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. Simply use a spade or small shovel to get under the grass or turf and flip it over. Then, using wood chips, cover the area to a depth of three or four inches. Let the area sit for a fortnight, then turn the earth and set up your new perennial bed. Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. Carry a large bucket with you or wear pants with a lot of pockets. A gardener's tool belt will allow you to keep your gardening gloves and other tools close by while you are working in your garden. Make sure you have some plastic bags around so that you can cover any muddy gardening shoes you have. This lets you be able to return to the garden without interrupting your work. A beer trap can help to eradicate slugs. Bury a jar in the garden with it's mouth open and level to the ground. Pour beer into the jar until it's almost full. Leave an inch of space between the beer and the jar top. The slugs will be attracted to the beer, and will then become trapped within the jar. Spacing is one of the primary considerations when planning an organic garden. Do not underestimate the space that plants need to develop their root systems. Your plants will need the space not only because of their physical size, but also because the space will provide air circulation for the garden. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings. You can make a raised bed with untreated wood, brick, or stone. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. Several species of trees yield suitable wood. Locust, cypress, and cedar are among the more commonly used rot resitent woods. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil. Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. If you choose to use wood, make sure it is naturally rot resistant and untreated. The most popular options for this type of project are cypress, locust and cedar woods. Using untreated wood is especially important for veggie gardens, because chemicals from treated wood could leach into the soil, affecting your food. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet. If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. There are exceptions, however. Some types of seeds require more direct sunlight than others, and as such they should not
be fully covered. Some common examples include ageratum and petunias. If you are wondering whether or not the seeds require direct sunlight, you can usually find helpful information online that will answer your question. It just takes some time and patience to be able to grow a good organic garden. Start using these tips to direct your efforts in the right direction.