If you’re planning on eating healthier and saving a lot of money on groceries, growing an organic garden will accomplish that and much more. It can be a little daunting, however. From the type of mulch to use to the right equipment, there are many questions you need answered. Organic gardening also involves choosing from a large variety of different seeds as well. Read on for a handful of tips and tricks for nurturing your garden with an organic approach.
Clay soil makes working with a shovel difficult. The clay is hard and sticks to the shovel. Try applying a coat of wax onto your spade prior to working with clay soil, and then buff the spade head with a cloth. The wax prevents the clay from sticking to the shovel, and stops rust from forming.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. Biennials and annuals that grow quickly can add color to a flower bed, plus they permit you to modify the way the flower bed looks each season and each year. They are useful for filling gaps in between shrubs and perennials in sunny areas. There are many different varieties to choose from such as daisies, marigolds, impatiens, and lantana.
During fall, you should plant cold weather vegetables. Try something different by planing kale or lettuce inside a pumpkin, instead of using the planter pots you traditionally use. Simply carve open the top of a pumpkin so you can remove the innards, and then spray inside and out with something like Wilt-Pruf to prevent pumpkin rotting. Now you can use the pumpkin as a planter.
Your vegetable garden should get at least six hours of sun daily. Many vegetables need about this much sun to grow quickly. Some flowers also need six hours of daily direct sun in order to grow and blossom well.
If you want a strange, yet successful, green answer to getting rid of weeds, boil them to death. Boiling water in a pot is a safe “herbicide.” Just pour out the water on the weeds being careful to avoid any nearby plants. Weed roots will suffer harm from boiling water, and this will probably stop them from growing more.
Be sure your garden is fertilized. Manure can be very helpful in growing plants, but it is essential to use a commercial product that has been composted, in order to minimize pathogen risk. There are many fertilizer options available, though in reality, whatever type you choose will do the job as long as you are using something.
As was stated previously, growing your own organic garden can have an unbelievably positive effect on your eating habits, especially when you understand the sheer number of varying plants it is possible to grow. Use the tips and advice presented here to get the most of your organic garden. It can be a source of pleasure for years to come.