You have probably heard about organic food and perhaps purchased some. Distinguishing which foods are organic is really quite simple. You can see it on their labels, as well as in their higher prices. 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!
If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. 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 already have plants that need full light and the natural light provided is not sufficient, artificial lights can supplement their needs.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. After growth begins, you can remove plants from any excessive heat sources. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container. Check on your seeds periodically to make sure you know when to remove the films.
Pine makes a much better mulch than you might think. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. If you have these plants in your garden, keep them healthy by using pine needles as mulch. Covering your plant beds with a layer of pine needles will allow the pine needles to disperse their acidic nutrients into the soil for your plants.
When you run your personal organic garden, try ruffling seedlings using your hands or cardboard one or two times daily. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
Mulch your garden to keep the soil nourished. The soil can be greatly enhanced by adding a good layer of mulch to it. The roots of your garden are less likely to become overheated on hot days. It greatly reduces water loss, keeping the soil moist with fewer waterings. It also is helpful in keeping weeds under control.
If plants are inundated with too much water, it becomes more difficult for roots to pull nutrients out of the soil. Check the weather forecast before watering plants to see if there is rain in the near future. You may be able to skip watering because of the pending weather.
One of the biggest benefits from eating food that is organically grown is the absence of pesticides. Although this is great for your health, you need to make sure that you check all the produce careful for any bugs or pests before consuming.
Every year, you should plant different things and in different places. Planting the same type of plant in the same area of your garden each year can cause disease or encourage fungus growth. These harmful elements remain in the soil and can damage the plants you place in that spot the following year. Changing your planting layout will allow you to avoid costly problems and have large, bountiful plants.
Grow garlic in your organic garden. Plant garlic cloves individually. Do this in early spring or during the fall in moist and well drained soils. Plant the cloves one to two inches beneath the soil about four inches apart and with the pointed end up. You can cut the shoots of green garlic as they are growing and use them as an alternative to scallions and chives. When the top turns brown, it is time to harvest the bulbs. Harden the skin by setting the bulb in the sun, it usually takes several days. Store the garlic in an area that’s cool, either tied up in bunches or loose.
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.