One of the smartest things you can do for you and your diet is to start an organic garden. It does, however, require a great deal of effort to grow. Are you wondering where to start?
Planting organic strawberries is a great way to encourage your children to get involved. Small kids enjoy picking fruit themselves out of a garden. Because of this, they’ll be more likely to provide you with some assistance in your garden if they feel like they’re receiving something out of it.
If you are interested in sustainable organic gardening, consider keeping part of your property undeveloped so that wildlife can flourish there. A natural area will allow beneficial birds and insects, many of which pollinate plants, to live on your property and help your garden grow stronger.
When working in the garden, try to work as efficiently as possible. Don’t waste thirty minutes looking around for a tool. Have all of your tools gathered and prepared for use before you work in the garden, and make sure to put them away neatly. One way to keep your tools handy is to use a belt especially designed to hold them. An alternative is to wear a garment with multiple pockets that are big enough to hold your more commonly used tools.
Cover your muddy shoes with plastic bags. This allows you to keep going, getting back to your garden quickly.
Pine needles should not be overlooked as a great source for mulch. Some plants do better in soil with high acidity as they are highly acidic themselves. Plants like these thrive when you use pine needles as mulch. Cover your beds with two inches of needles; acid will be dispersed into the soil as they decompose.
Try using untreated stone, brick, or wood to create a raised bed. If you choose wood, it needs to be naturally rot resistant and untreated. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. In a veggie garden, don’t use treated wood since its chemicals can leech into the food crops and soil. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
As you are aware now, there is homework to be done and energy to be expended in setting up a real organic garden. Furthermore, you will only see your garden blossom with consistent tending. If you use the advice in this article, you will soon see great results from your organic garden.