Chances are, you’ve probably at least heard, if not seen, organic foods at some point. It is easy to tell the organic items from those that are not. These items are packaged in a different manner, and they typically cost much more. Look at the following advice to learn how to start an organic garden.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. You will see many of the birds and insects that are present will assist in pollination and plant production, helping to create a much better garden.
Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees. The temperature needs to remain warm so they may grow. If your thermostat is normally kept lower in winter, you can use a heat lamp to keep your plants warm enough.
Use approximately two or three inches of natural, organic material as some mulch in every single flower bed. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. This will also make your flowers appear beautiful and finished all year long.
Make the most of the time spent in your garden. Have your tools laid out in an orderly way so you do not have to search for them. You can prepare what you need beforehand, keep it all handy in a toolbox or a shed, and you will be ready to work in your garden at a moment’s notice. It may be necessary to don a tool belt or cargo pants with extra pockets.
Regular maintenance prevents your gardening tasks from becoming overwhelming and unappealing. Every time you go outside, you should take care of a few things so that you do not have too much work to do when you have the time to go back to your garden. Grab a handful of weeds, throw down some mulch, or toss some water on it anytime you walk by.
The compost pile should include equal parts of dried material and green plant material. When you pull weeds from your garden, throw them in the compost. The same goes for vegetable trimmings and grass clippings. These are considered green materials. Paper and straw are dry plant materials. Diseased plants, meat and fire-waste like charcoal or ashes should not be placed in your compost pile.
Creating a trap with beer can help reduce the number of slugs in your garden. Bury a canning jar so that the open mouth and the soil top are level. Keep the jar filled with beer, up to about an inch from the top. The slugs will be drawn to the beer and then drown in the jar.
A raised bed can be built with untreated wood, brick or stone. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated. Cypress, locust and cedar are all very good choices. Treated wood has chemicals that can be harmful to a vegetable garden. If you are already using treated lumber, you can use plastic liners, or a different barrier, in order to protect your garden.
If you’re planning on selling crops to people and labeling them as organic, you will need to receive an organic gardening certification. This will improve your sales and show your faithful customers that they are getting the best possible food that is grown.
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.