You would like to have a garden that uses organic methods to grow healthy plants. This is great timing! The tips below can help you begin your organic garden.
If you want to get children in on the fun, plant a few strawberries, everbearing if possible. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.
Try to put an aspirin in the water to get rid of plant diseases. To add the aspirin to the plant, dissolve about one tablet and a half into approximately two gallons of fresh water. Spray the plants with the aspirin solution to help your plants fight disease. Spraying should be one time every three weeks.
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 there are times during the year when you would prefer not to have the temperature that high, another solution you can utilize is to purchase heat lamps for your organic plants.
If you’re growing indoor organic plants, you should ensure that you think about how much light is available for them. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. If you want to grow plants that need a lot of light, consider using artificial lighting.
Be sure your new compost pile contains roughly the same proportion of dried and green plants. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. Certain substances will undermine your composting efforts and cancel out any benefits; these include meat, charcoal, ash or plants that have diseases or fungal growths.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Without light, there can be no weeds. With layers of newspaper on them, the weeds are not going to have light, and therefore will not grow. Newspapers tend to break down into compost nicely. In order to improve its attractiveness, add one mulch layer.
When planting seeds in containers, remember that the planting depth should be around three times bigger than the seed size. It is important to note though, that not all seeds are covered to this depth, as some need direct sunlight to grow properly. Petunias and ageratum are two examples of seeds that require sunlight. If you’re not sure if your seeds need sunlight, you can find out online or through the seeds’ package.
If you have problem slugs in your organic garden, get rid of them naturally with a beer trap. To create a beer trap, dig a hole in your garden that is the depth of a glass jar, leaving the mouth of the jar level with the soil. Keep the jar filled with beer, up to about an inch from the top. The beer will attract the slugs and they will be trapped in the jar.
You should use wood that is untreated, brick or stone when building the raised bed. When selecting wood, make certain you pick untreated products that have a natural resistance to rot. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. Using untreated wood is especially important for veggie gardens, because chemicals from treated wood could leach into the soil, affecting your food. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
Now you should be much more prepared when it comes to organic gardening. You may have thought you were prepared before, but now you will be a veritable expert! Use the advice you have been given to make your organic garden bloom like never before.