You probably have friends who claim to eat only organic, or maybe you’ve seen these items in the store. You know which items are organic. Organic items usually cost more and are packaged differently. Look at the following advice to learn how to start an organic garden.
One way to ensure efficiency while gardening is to keep your tools close by. Carry your tools in a bucket, or keep them in the pockets of a pair of rugged pants. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Use about two to three inches of organic material as mulch in all of your flower beds. Mulch discourages weeds and helps retain moisture while adding nutrients to your flower bed. A layer of mulch also creates a more attractive appearance.
Believe it or not, pine makes great mulch. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. When you have plants like this, nothing is easier than to gather pine needles for your beds. Sprinkle the pine needles over your beds. As the needles decompose, they add to the acid level in the soil.
When you are planning on growing a garden, you should think about the space you will need to provide a healthy growing area for your plants. When the garden is bare, it is sometimes hard to envision how much space a mature plant actually needs. You need to take into account the plant’s size when it is fully grown, as well as allowing space for air circulation between each plant. Think ahead and give each plant room for expansion, by properly spacing the seeds.
An old laundry basket works great for gathering produce from your garden. The laundry basket can be used as a colander for your produce. While your freshly harvested fruits and vegetables are still in the basket, rinse them off and any excess water will run off through the laundry basket holes.
Keep your compost pile balanced with a combination of dried and green plant mulch. Green plant material can include old flowers, fruit waste, grass clippings, vegetable waste, and leaves. Dried material includes straw, shredded paper, and cardboard. Never put meat in your compost or even the waste from your family pets. These can harbor diseases that won’t be killed by the composting process.
Calibrate how much you water based upon the time of the year and the weather conditions. The level of necessary watering turns on the type of water you use, the kind of soil in your garden and the amount of direct sunlight you have. For instance, if you live in a warm, humid climate watering the leaves can cause leaf fungus. A better method is to water the root system only.
Organic foods don’t contain any chemical pesticides. Though this is certainly a great thing for the health of your loved ones, it is important to watch for additional pests and insects that may be present.
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.