A healthy diet can get a real kick start from having an organic garden, but understanding organic gardening itself can prove complex. There are a multitude of seeds and starter plants available. Keep reading for insight on what is best suited for the garden of your dreams.
One way to help your organic garden thrive is to leave an undeveloped area that is conducive to the wildlife around your area. The presence of native flowers, trees and grasses will attract birds and insects. You will be rewarded by an appealing and flourishing landscape.
Just as when outside, plants kept inside need varying degrees of sunlight, which can be harder to obtain from indoors. If you want indoor plants, choose specimens that can grow in relatively dark places. If your plants still need more light, there are always artificial light sources that you can use.
It can be easy to prepare the soil in a perennial garden. Use your spade to slice chunks of turf up, then flip each piece over, and spread wood chips on top to a depth of four inches. After a few weeks, you may then utilize the area to plant your flowers.
You should utilize around three inches of mulch that is organic in your flower beds. 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 give a nice, professional appearance to your garden all year.
Add coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. Coffee has a lot of essential nutrients that plants need. The coffee grounds act as a powerful nitrogen source that will help your plants bloom much quicker.
Old laundry baskets are handy tools at harvest time. The laundry basket will function as a makeshift strainer for the fruits and vegetables. After you have rinsed your produce in the laundry basket, the water will just drain right out the sides.
In an organic garden, ruffle any seedlings with a piece of cardboard, or even your hand, a couple times each day. While this appears strange, research shows it can help plants grow larger, versus not petting them at all.
If you’d like to create a raised bed, use materials like brick, stone, or untreated wood. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. 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. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
As was stated previously, growing your own organic garden can have an unbelievably positive effect on your eating habits, especially when you understand the sheer number of varying plants it is possible to grow. Use the tips from above to take a step in the right direction when it comes to organic gardening, and start your family on a healthier path to better living.