There are a number of methods available that will allow you to create your own thriving, healthy organic garden. All it takes is a little research, and some strategic implementation.
Using a solution of aspirin and water can prevent certain plant diseases. Dissolve one and one-half aspirins into two gallons of cold water, and use it to fortify your plants. Spray your plants with the water if they have a disease. Use this method every three weeks.
Plants growing in your home need a constant temperature of no less than 65 degrees. The temperature needs to remain warm so they may grow. If you don’t like keeping your home that temperature in the winter, you may wish to consider getting a heat lamp, instead, to keep your organic plants the correct temperature.
Keep your tools handy to work more efficiently. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. A gardener’s tool belt will allow you to keep your gardening gloves and other tools close by while you are working in your garden.
Once your seeds have germinated they will not need to be kept as warm as before. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. Make sure you remember to remove any plastic films that were on the plant containers to repel humidity and warmth. Keep an eye on your seeds in order to know when you should do this.
Organize your gardening so that you can work efficiently. Don’t waste your time looking for missing tools. Set up the tools you will need for your day prior to hitting the garden, then put them away neatly at the end of your gardening session. You can keep your garden tools in a tool belt, or in your pockets. Another good idea is to keep them all in a bucket that you carry around with you.
Have plastic bags on hand so that you may cover your muddy gardening shoes. When you do this, your flow stays going, and you can just get right back out to your garden and finish quick.
Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Green plant material can include items such as leftover produce waste, grass clippings and leaves. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. Avoid meat, ashes, charcoal, plants with diseases and manure from carnivores.
Use a beer trap to capture slugs and stop them from eating your plants. 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. Next, fill the jar with beer until there is only one inch left below the mouth of the jar. Slugs are attracted by the beer and won’t be able to exit the jar once they enter.
A raised bed can be built with untreated wood, brick or stone. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Optimal wood choices that fit these criteria are locust, cypress, and cedar. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you already have treated lumber in use, line it with some plastic and replace the soil near it.
If you want to sell your crops, you should become a certified organic gardener. This will not only increase sales, but it will demonstrate to your customers that your products are legitimate and that you are doing what it takes to grow the best crops.
One thing that sets organic gardening apart from conventional gardening is that commercial pesticides are not used. While this is great, you still need to check your produce for any bugs or other pests.
A garden can be grown by anyone, but in order to have a garden that produces the best crops, proper gardening knowledge is needed. Implement these important concepts in building a truly organic garden.