Most people are familiar with the idea of organic foods or may have noticed them in food stores. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. They have different packaging and cost tons more. Keep reading for a variety of tips and tricks for maintaining an organic garden.
Preparing a plot for planting a perennial garden can be done quickly and without difficulty. With a garden spade, slice under the dirt then flip it over. Next, spread out wood chips several inches deep. After a few weeks, dig, then plant your perennials.
After your seeds have sprouted, heat lamps are not needed. As your plants grow, move them away from the source of heat. You must also take away plastic films from your containers in order to keep the warmth and humidity out. To know when it is time for this, keep a careful eye on your seeds.
Put an organic material, such as mulch two or three inches deep, in your flower beds. Covering the beds with mulch serves multiple purposes; it helps the flowers by retaining moisture and adding nutrients, and it discourages the growth of unwanted plants. You will also have a gorgeous and finished organic flower bed.
For some plants, pine needles makes an ideal mulch. There are some plants that thrive in acidic soil. If your garden contains plants like this, there are few things simpler than spreading some pine needles across your beds. Cover your beds with two inches of needles; acid will be dispersed into the soil as they decompose.
Add coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. Coffee grounds are filled with nitrogen, that is a nutrient required by plants. This nutrient is often lacking in home gardens, and adding it will give you taller plants that bloom beautifully.
Use an old laundry basket to bring your fresh produce in from the garden. Laundry baskets which have holes in them act as giant strainers for your home grown produce. When you put your produce in a basket, you can then rinse it off and let it strain any excess water through the laundry basket holes.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. It may sound a little odd to do this, but there is actually proven research that shows this helps the plants grow.
If you are building a raised bed utilize stone, brick or wood that is untreated. Be sure that any wood you use isn’t chemically treated, and will be able to resist rot naturally. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. Treated wood has chemicals that can be harmful to a vegetable garden. If you have placed treated wood in your garden, line it with a coat of plastic.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.