Whether they’ve read about them in articles or seen them on grocery store shelves, most people are somewhat familiar with organic products. It’s easy to tell which items are certified organic by the USDA. The organic products cost more, and they often come in distinctive packaging. Keep reading for information to help you start producing organic produce right in your own yard.
If you work with clay soil, you have probably found using a shovel very frustrating and exhausting. To make digging clay soil easier, try applying a light coating of wax, either car wax or floor wax, and then buff off and commence digging. This causes the clay to slide rather than stick, and prevents rust as a side effect.
If you want the best results, you need to choose the right soil. You should choose your soil depending on the plants that you are going to plant. For special requirements, you can build separate areas with soil that is right for certain plants.
Before you start planting your garden, plan it! Doing so means you can remember where each particular plant is when you start seeing sprouts arise from the earth. In addition, your small plants or groups of plants that are limited in number won’t become lost if you have a large garden.
Try dousing weeds in your garden with boiling water to get rid of them. Boiling water is an excellent, organic substance for use against weeds. Literally pour the water on the weeds, avoiding any wanted plants near them, and watch the weeds die over time. Boiling water will actually hurt the roots, and it will prevent the weeds from growing.
Separate irises. Splitting up overgrown groups of irises will allow you to easily increase the number of irises in your garden. When the foliage dies, take the bulbous irises and lift them. The bulbs will then split naturally in the palm of your hand and if they’re re-planted, they can flower next year. You should divide rhizomes using a knife. Cut new pieces from the outside and discard the old center. At the least, each piece will need to have one strong offshoot. Replant the new shoots right away.
The best way to start a garden is from first principles: seeds. The environmentally conscious way to start a new garden is to start with seeds. The plastics used in nurseries are rarely recycled and ends up in landfills, so it is best to start with the seeds or buy from nurseries who use organic materials in packaging their plants.
Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. This will save you tons of time from pulling out tons of weeds.
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.