You have probably heard about organic food and perhaps purchased some. You know which items are organic. They have different packaging and are more expensive. Keep reading for a variety of tips and tricks for maintaining an organic garden.
Get your children interested in helping with your organic garden. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.
Strawberries are a good organic garden choice for families with strawberries, particularly everbearing strawberries. Kids really enjoy plucking snacks directly from the ground, and may have greater enthusiasm for the work if they see the results of their labor right away.
If you have a high priority for sustainability in your organic gardening, try leaving a corner of the property undeveloped as a mini wildlife refuge. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. You just need to use your garden spade for slicing underneath the turf, then flip it, and finally spread about three or four inch deep piles of wood chips. After a few weeks, you can then dig into the turf and plant the perennials of your choosing.
To be most efficient in your gardening, always keep your tools close at hand. Wear pants with multiple pockets or use a toolbox or large bucket. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. Covering the beds with mulch serves multiple purposes; it helps the flowers by retaining moisture and adding nutrients, and it discourages the growth of unwanted plants. This will also make your flowers appear beautiful and finished all year long.
Spend your time working efficiently in your organic garden. If it takes you thirty minutes to find a needed tool, then you are doing something wrong. Prepare all of your tools prior to working in the garden, and then put them away neatly when finished. It may be necessary to don a tool belt or cargo pants with extra pockets.
Tuck away some plastic grocery bags and use them to slip over your muddy boots. This way, you can get in and out quickly, and get back to work in the garden.
When it’s harvest time, you should utilize a basket that you put laundry in to carry your veggies. The basket strains the produce as well as stores it while you are going through your garden. Rinse your crops while in the laundry basket to strain the excess water.
Do you want to kill weeds in a natural way? You will need many layers of newspapers. Without light, there can be no weeds. When you put newspaper over them, they suffocate from lack of sunlight. The newspapers will break down over a period of time, and will become part of your compost. You can cover the newspapers with mulch to make them look more attractive if you like!
If you have recently planted seeds in your organic garden, you should regularly aerate the soil by using your hands to gently sift it. This may sound strange, but research has proven that doing this will help your plants grow bigger than if they were not petted at all.
Try using untreated stone, brick, or wood to create a raised bed. For best results, you should only use wood that has not been treated with chemicals or protective coating. The best varieties include cedar, locust and cypress wood. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. If you have built a bed with treated lumber already, use a barrier such as plastic to line the bed.
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.