If you’re looking to have a healthier diet, think about starting an organic garden. It does require some effort, in order to grow, though. Perhaps you are unsure of the benefits of organic gardening, or you are unsure how to get your garden started.
If you like the concept of organic gardening, then why not take it one step further by leaving some of your land undeveloped for the area’s wildlife? One side effect of this is that where animals thrive, so do birds and insects that help nurture and pollinate plants, which will increase the quality of your garden.
Add used coffee grounds to your soil. Coffee has a lot of essential nutrients that plants need. Nitrogen, along with phosphorous and potassium, is an important nutrient in the garden. It contributes to healthy and strong growth of the plant, but don’t overuse it.
One of the most important things to consider when plotting your garden is to make note of your available space. Many people don’t realize exactly how much space a plant needs when it grows. The plants will inevitably need to unfurl and spread, but they also need the circulation of air from open spaces. Plan your garden carefully and leave enough space between the seeds.
When the time has come to gather up the produce, you need to use an old laundry basket. The laundry basket will function as a makeshift strainer for the fruits and vegetables. Rinse your crops while in the laundry basket to strain the excess water.
Don’t use pesticides – kill your weeds naturally! Try using several newspaper layers to control weeds. Like any other plant, weeds need to be exposed to the sun. They will suffocate and die if you cover them with newpapers. Newspapers also decompose fairly quickly, and mix with your garden soil. One way to enhance the appearance of your garden if you are using newspapers is to add an additional layer of mulch.
If you are planting seeds in containers, a good rule of thumb is that the seed’s depth should be around three times its overall size. There are exceptions to this rule though, as some seeds need direct sunlight to grow. Some examples are petunias and ageratum. If you aren’t sure, look online or at the package.
Slugs are a nuisance that can be easily remedied with the use of an organic beer tramp. Dig a hole just deep enough for a glass jar to be placed in it while the jar still has its rim in line with the surface of the ground. After you have placed the jar in the soil, fill with beer to approximately one inch of the top. Slugs will crawl into the jar to get the beer and not be able to get out again.
Adjust your watering according to season and current climate. You should consider water quality and soil type when watering your plants. Try to water your plants at the same time every day, as time of day also affects how much water they need. Avoid watering leaves in a warm and humid climate to prevent leaf fungus from appearing. Instead, focus water on the plant’s root system.
As you have read, a lot of hard work and homework go into producing a plentiful organic garden. It also holds true, that if you want to see results, you need to keep putting effort into it. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic gardening.