You have more than likely already heard a great deal about the benefits of organic food items. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. They are usually in fancy packages and very pricey. Keep reading for a variety of tips and tricks for maintaining an organic garden.
Get your children interested in helping with your organic garden. An organic garden will help your child learn more about plants and insects, and it’s a wonderful bonding time while growing healthy produce.
Young children will love it if you plant strawberries that bear continually, and organic gardens are the perfect place to do it. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
Learn to work efficiently. Don’t waste thirty minutes looking around for a tool. Prepare them all ahead of time and have them handy before you need to garden, and then put them back in their place when done. A good way to keep your tools at hand is to buy a tool belt or utility pants with many large pockets.
Store a few plastic bags near your garden to slip on over your dirty gardening shoes. This allows you to maintain your flow so you can rapidly get back to your gardening.
Stay on top of your organic gardening to-do list, and don’t let the work pile up. You may not have a lot of time to exclusively devote to your gardening hobby, but you can make the most of the time you do have. Grab a handful of weeds, throw down some mulch, or toss some water on it anytime you walk by.
An old laundry basket works great for gathering produce from your garden. The laundry basket will function as a makeshift strainer for the fruits and vegetables. Rinse your produce while it lays in the basket; any excess water strains off through the laundry basket holes.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. This will sound a bit strange. However, it has been proven to cause plants to grow larger.
If slugs are disrupting the balance of your garden, you can diminish their population by using a beer trap. Dig a hole the size of a glass jar, and bury the jar with the top at ground level. Pour beer into the jar until it is an inch from the top. Beer attracts slugs and then they’ll get stuck in the jar.
If you’d like to create a raised bed, use materials like brick, stone, or untreated wood. Choose a wood that is resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Cypress, locust and cedar are all very good choices. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you have already used lumber that is treated, you can line it with plastic or another type of barrier.
The watering needs of your garden will vary considerably, depending on your climate zone and the time of year. How much you water depends on the time of day, the quality of your water and the type of soil you have. In warm climates with high humidity, for instance, plants often develop fungal infections when water is applied to the leaves. The important thing is to make sure the plant’s roots receive sufficient water.
Soil health can be improved by adding mulch. A layer of mulch can protect the soil beneath. On hot days, mulch will offer protection to a plant’s root system by cooling the soil. The soil will also stay moist longer because it reduces evaporation. It can also help alleviate any weed issues.
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.