One of the best ways to improve your diet and make it healthier is to start and maintain an organic garden. However, you will need to put forth an effort in order to make it grow. Knowing where to start when planning an organic garden can be a little confusing.
Include your children in your efforts to organic gardening. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
If you’re growing plants indoors, keep your thermostat around 65 or 75 degrees daily. The temperature needs to be this warm so they are able to grow. If your thermostat is normally kept lower in winter, you can use a heat lamp to keep your plants warm enough.
Once your seeds start sprouting, they do not need as much warmth as they needed before. It’s important to move the plants away from any heat source as they grow larger. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. You need to read the seeds to know the best time to do this.
Try to work as efficiently as possible when gardening. One of the biggest time wasters is not keeping track of your tools and having to look for them every time you need them. Prepare them all ahead of time and have them handy before you need to garden, and then put them back in their place when done. Invest in a tool belt or wear pants that have lots of pockets.
Regular maintenance prevents your gardening tasks from becoming overwhelming and unappealing. Even if you are too busy to tend to your gardens needs every day, you can try little things that will prevent you from having a lot of work when you return to your garden. You can pull a few weeds when you take your dog outside.
A good general rule when planting your seeds into containers is that the depth of the planting should be about three times the size of the seed. However, you should always know that some seeds cannot be covered, even the slightest bit, because they need to be in direct sunlight. Some of these seeds are petunias and ageratum. If you’re not sure, a guide either comes with seeds, or you can find this information online.
A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Some good choices include locust, cypress, and cedar. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. You may have previously used treated lumber; if so, you should use a plastic liner to cover it.
If you’re planning on selling crops to people and labeling them as organic, you will need to receive an organic gardening certification. 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.
You may want to grow garlic organically. Plant garlic cloves individually. Do this in early spring or during the fall in moist and well drained soils. Your goal is to place them around 1 to 2 inches deep, and you want them pointed up, then 4 inches apart. Green garlic can be cur directly from the plant and used in a pinch instead of scallions or chives. The garlic will be matured when the green tops start drying out and turning brown. Make sure you put the garlic in the direct sunlight for days so that the skin will harden. They can be stored in a cool area, either loose or tied in bunches.
In conclusion, creating and maintaining an organic garden requires hard work, effort and research. For the best results, you need to be dedicated to the work. Hopefully this article has you well prepared for your endeavor into the relaxing and productive world of organic gardening.