A healthy diet can get a real kick start from having an organic garden, but understanding organic gardening itself can prove complex. There is a diversity of seeds that are suitable for organic gardening as well. Whether you are growing your first garden or looking for a few new tips, the following tips give some easy-to-implement organic gardening device.
Let your children be involved in your organic gardening efforts. Gardening helps your children learn about biological processes and serves as a social activity that helps the family grow closer while eating healthier.
Aspirin water has disease-prevention properties that can protect plants. Dissolve one and one-half aspirins into two gallons of cold water, and use it to fortify your plants. All you have to do is spray the plants with this solution and you should see good results. Try spraying your plants with this around every three weeks.
Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. They need this type of warm temperature in order to grow. If you don’t like keeping your home that temperature in the winter, you may wish to consider getting a heat lamp, instead, to keep your organic plants the correct temperature.
When you are growing organic plants within the home or an enclosed area, considering how much light the plants will receive must be emphasized. Almost every type of plant you grow requires ample sunlight, so think about how much natural light you home receives or if you perhaps need to supplement with UV lamps. Otherwise, you could simply use your own lights.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. This will discourage weeds from growing, add nutrients, and retain the moisture in your garden. You will also have a gorgeous and finished organic flower bed.
Make sure you have some plastic bags around so that you can cover any muddy gardening shoes you have. This way, you can get in and out quickly, and get back to work in the garden.
Leave plenty of growing space when you plant your garden. Many people don’t realize exactly how much space a plant needs when it grows. Plants need room for physical growth and for the air to circulate within the soil. Make sure that you map out your garden layout beforehand and place your seeds with an adequate amount of space in between each.
The correct depth for planting seeds in containers is triple the seed’s size. It is important to note though, that not all seeds are covered to this depth, as some need direct sunlight to grow properly. This is true of popular flowers like petunias and zinnias. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seeds should be covered or not, try to read the package or find the answer online.
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. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
Try to use untreated wood, brick or stone and make a raised bed. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated. Some great choices to choose from are cedar, locust and cypress. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.
For claiming your crops are credible and truly organic, get organic garden certified. This will not only increase sales, but it will demonstrate to your customers that your products are legitimate and that you are doing what it takes to grow the best crops.
In conclusion, having an organic garden is helpful in improving your healthy diet habits. Apply the tips you just read to start your garden to save money and eat healthier foods.