There are lots of natural ways that you can grow a healthy, organic garden. Before tackling such a project, it is important to be prepared.
Consider planting strawberries, especially ones that are everbearing, for your garden if you have small children. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
Water infused with aspirin is great for combating plant disease. Dissolve 1 aspirin per gallon of water for a plant disease fighting solution. You can simply spray them with the mixture to help aid them in fighting off diseases. Use this method every three weeks.
If you’re really serious about environmentally-friendly gardening practices, refrain from developing some of your land and use it as an animal habitat. You will find that many of the supporting cast of insects and birds that aid in plant production and pollination will be present on your land and actually help your developed gardens to produce better.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. Use your spade in a slicing motion to cut a flap of turf. Carefully turn the flap over, then cover the area with a three-inch layer of untreated wood chips. Let this sit for a couple weeks, next dig into it to plant your new plants.
After sprouting occurs, you will not need to keep seeds as warm. Your seedlings should be moved away from any heat source. If you used plastic wrap to insulate your seedlings, you should now remove it. To know when it is time for this, keep a careful eye on your seeds.
When it is harvest time, use a laundry basket. The laundry basket is a perfect strainer for any produce run off. Rinse the product off whilst it’s in the basket so that any extra water can strain through the laundry basket’s holes.
Use equal parts of green and dried plant material in your compost pile. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. Dried plant material, however, can include items such as cardboard, sawdust and shredded paper. Don’t include ashes, diseased plants, charcoal meat, or carnivorous animal waste.
When planting seeds in containers, plant the seed roughly three times deeper than the seed’s size. However, you should always know that some seeds cannot be covered, even the slightest bit, because they need to be in direct sunlight. Two common examples of this type of seed are ageratum and petunias. If you are unsure about your seed’s requirements for sunlight, the resources are often provided along with the seeds, or you can find out online.
Use untreated wood, stone, or brick to build a raised bed. For best results, you should only use wood that has not been treated with chemicals or protective coating. Excellent choices are cedar, locust and cypress. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil.
Anyone may plant gardens, but only those who are knowledgeable can get more out of their planted crops. Use what you have learned to make your garden grow!