The odds are fairly good that you have heard about organic foods or have seen them at the grocery store. You’re well aware of which items the organic ones are. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Keep reading for a variety of tips and tricks for maintaining an organic garden.
When you are working in your garden, you will want to have all of your tools in a convenient location. 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. It may be necessary to don a tool belt or cargo pants with extra pockets.
Coffee grounds are a good addition to your soil. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, an essential nutrient for plant growth. Nitrogen is generally a way to make your plants grow bigger, better and faster.
Apply equal portions of dried plant material and green into your compost pile. You can use all types of green material in your compost pile, including cut grass, dead flowers, fruit peels and cores, and much more. Dried materials are things like hay, wood shavings, cardboard and paper. Certain substances will undermine your composting efforts and cancel out any benefits; these include meat, charcoal, ash or plants that have diseases or fungal growths.
When planting seeds you should cover them with fine soil. Determine its depth by looking at the seed’s size and multiplying it by three. Some seeds need sunlight and should not be buried. These seeds include petunias and ageratum. If you do now know how to plant your seed, consult the information that came with the seed when you bought it or check online for helpful information.
A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
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.