You are now prepared to embark on the journey of making a garden that is organic and healthy. What do you need to do get started? Keep reading for tips any beginner will find useful.
Get your children interested in helping with your organic garden. A garden can be a great learning experience for your children, and it gives you a chance to bond while producing healthy food.
Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees. Plants need to be in an environment that is neither too warm nor too cool for them to grow. If you do not want to keep your home that warm during the winter months, you can get a heat lamp for the organic plants instead.
Organic indoor plants may need additional light sources to make up for the light they miss out on by being indoors. This needs to be considered. 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.
When a seed actually sprouts, it doesn’t need to be in as warm an environment. Remove plants from the heated environment once they begin growing. Take any plastic film off of your containers because they hold in heat and humidity. Unless you closely monitor your seedlings, you may not move them in time.
It is common knowledge that grounds from brewed coffee are good for soil. Coffee grounds will add nitrogen to your soil which will make them helpful for some of your plants. Coffee grounds as a source of nitrogen for plants are usually limited to acid-loving plants because coffee is acidic. Generally, nitrogen is the limiting nutrient with any plant and having a good nitrogen source either by coffee grounds, compost, or even diluted urea, will make your plants bloom faster and grow taller.
Be aware of spacing considerations when you are first planting your organic garden. It’s common to not think about how much space a plant will need once it’s full grown, and you don’t want to crowd your garden. Your plants will need the space not only because of their physical size, but also because the space will provide air circulation for the garden. Plan your garden accordingly, and make sure the right distance is between the seeds.
Your compost pile should contain green plant materials and dry plant materials. Examples of good green material to use for compost include grass clippings, flowers, leaves, and weeds. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. Never use ashes, meat, charcoal, diseased plants or carnivorous animal manure in your compost pile.
As a good general practice, you should make sure to plant your seeds three seed-widths deep into their containers. Some seeds need to be in direct sunlight, though, so you need to know information about each type of seed. Petunias and ageratum are two examples of seeds that require sunlight. When in doubt about whether a seed requires direct sun exposure, you can find lots of information online or on the seed packaging itself.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. While it might sound strange, research has shown that this method can increase the size of your plants.
After reading these tips, you shouldn’t have many questions about organic gardening. By reading and applying the information you have learned, you can go from a novice gardener to an expert-level organic gardener in no time at all. Use the advice you have been given to make your organic garden bloom like never before.