You probably already know the difference between organic and non-organic foods, and have seen your share of the organic type at your supermarket. These items are usually easy to recognize and you should be able to notice a difference in quality. These have different packages and cost a bit more. You can cut the store out of the equation and save a lot of money by planting your own patch of organic vegetables in the back yard!
There are several all-natural ways to keep pests out of your garden, including certain plants. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. Keep insects away from shrub and tree seedlings with mulch containing wood ash. These methods remove the need for harsh chemical pesticides.
Learn the appropriate time to pick different vegetables. Every type of vegetable has a different moment of ripeness. Harvesting zucchini is best done when they are small and baby peas should be harvested when they are young. At the opposite end of the spectrum, tomatoes are at their best when mature. You should know the proper time to pick vegetables.
Plant with autumn colors in mind. That doesn’t have to be, however. In the fall, the foliage displays every color of the rainbow. You can find beautiful maple and beech trees in many different fall colors. Shrubs such as barberry, cotoneaster and hydrangea all have gorgeous fall foliage.
Keep your pet out of the garden with old perfume or aftershave in the grass. This can make scents that dogs are attracted to, and make your garden less interesting in general for pets.
Put used coffee grounds on the soil. Coffee grounds are filled with nutritional elements plants need, such as nitrogen. It is best for your plants to use coffee grounds that are part of a blend of ingredients in the compost or soil you are using for your plants, rather than directly adding coffee grounds to your garden plants.
Using organic produce from organic gardens which are free of pesticides is a great benefit. Organic horticulture is wonderful for your family and their health, but you also need to be vigilant about pests.
Any horticulture can connect you with Mother Nature, but particularly if you employ organic horticulture techniques. When you do this type of gardening, you will start to have a good idea of the whole process of planting from start to finish.
Use a few inches of organic materials to mulch your flowerbed or garden. This will help your garden by adding nourishment to the soil, holding in moisture levels, inhibiting the growth of unsightly weeds, and creating a noticeably more professional look.
Have biodiversity in your organic garden. Plants that naturally grow in your region will thrive when planted in your garden. Use a variety of plants, flowers and even fruit or vegetable-producing choices to create an abundant, natural garden. When you do this you and any guests you have can just sit back and appreciate all that you’ve done, and the diversity in your garden. Something you can feel satisfied with for years to come.
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.