You are ready to grow a healthy organic garden. There is no better time to start than the present! There are insights here that will aid greatly in your quest to establish that perfect organic garden for your family.
Start your plants in containers, and then transplant the seedlings into the garden later on. This increases the chance that your plants will survive to adulthood. This method also gives you the freedom of tightening time periods between each planting. As soon as you harvest the mature plants in your garden, your new seedlings will be large enough to plant outside!
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. Have a soil report done. It is cost effective and you can make necessary adjustments, based on the report, to your soil so it is correctly enriched to encourage plant growth. Several Cooperative Extension locations offer this service, and it’s advantageous for you to know what type of soil you have, in order to avoid growing faulty crops.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. If you have them in pots, you need to guard them from cold weather that will damage or kill them. Join them together at the top, and use a blanket or old sheet to cover them. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
Place organic mulch as close to your vegetables as you can. Mulch helps the soil surrounding the plants remain moister for a longer time. An added benefit is that it also inhibits weed growth. Time and effort will be saved pulling out all the weeds.
You should think about planting evergreens that yield berries in your garden. They will provide a splash of color in the drab and dreary winter months when a lot of other plants have lost their colors. A few examples that you could go with include the American Holly, the Winterberry, the American Cranberrybush, and the Common Snowberry.
Organic indoor plants may need additional light sources to make up for the light they miss out on by being indoors. This needs to be considered. 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 the type of plant does not help, you can always use lights to help.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. Let the area sit for a couple weeks, then begin digging into it and planting your new perennials.
After sprouting occurs, you will not need to keep seeds as warm. Locate your plants further from your heat source as they mature. It is wise to take plastic covers off of the containers in order to eliminate humidity and excess heat. You need to read the seeds to know the best time to do this.
Be efficient when working in your garden. Wasting time finding tools is inefficient gardening. Prepare all of your tools prior to working in the garden, and then put them away neatly when finished. You can use a tool belt, or you may want to wear pants with extra pockets.
With these tips still fresh in your mind, you should be feeling more confident about your knowledge of organic horticulture methods. If you thought you were prepared previously, then you should be at a pro’s level now! The tips above should have given you some advice and a few ideas, so that you can begin an organic horticulture adventure in your own backyard.