Organic vegetables and fruit are healthy and delicious. So instead of purchasing organic produce, why not try growing your own? Keep reading for ideas and inspiration on organic gardening and its benefits!
You can help to prevent your plants from developing diseases with aspirin water. Dissolve 1 aspirin per gallon of water for a plant disease fighting solution. The simple practice of spraying them with the mix will help them fight off diseases. Be sure to repeat this process every two or three weeks.
For some plants, pine needles makes an ideal mulch. Some plants are highly acidic, and like soil that is acidic too. If that’s the case, the easiest thing to do is use pine needles for beds. Spread a few inches of pine needles on your organic beds so that it will put the acid into your soil.
Add coffee grounds to your garden’s soil. These coffee grounds have many nitrogenous nutrients that your plants could use. 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.
Spacing is essential when planting an organic garden. Plants take up quite a bit of space as they grow, and it’s easy to underestimate just how much. Space is necessary for the plants, but air circulation is also important. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings.
Killing weeds the natural way? You will need many layers of newspapers. Weeds require sunlight for growing. The newspaper will block sunlight and weeds won’t be able to grow. Because newspapers decompose well with the passage of time, they make great additions to compost. You can then add a mulch layer right on top so that it looks more attractive.
A great tip when running your own organic garden, is to lightly ruffle your seedlings with your hand or cardboard, around once or twice per day. It sounds weird, but research has shown that handling the seedling like this often will make them grow bigger than seedlings that are ignored.
Construct raised flower beds of brick, stone, or wood. Be sure to use wood that is naturally resistant to rotting and that has not been treated. Excellent choices are cedar, locust and cypress. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
Get your organic garden certified so you can credibly claim that your crops are organic. This will up your sales and prove to your loyal customers that what they have been getting is only the best that you possibly could get.
Take the season and weather conditions into account when determining how much water to give your plants. You should consider water quality and soil type when watering your plants. Try to water your plants at the same time every day, as time of day also affects how much water they need. In some cases, you can’t water because of climate issues. You can’t water the leave of your plants during humid, warm weather–it’ll promote the growth of leaf fungus. Instead, keep the root system well-watered.
Any gardening at all can soothe the soul, but organic gardening provides additional benefits. Any form of gardening gives a basic outline for all others; teaching you the general methodology behind sewing, planting, and harvesting properly.
You should rotate your garden every year. Fungus and disease are more likely to affect plants if they stay in the same location for long periods of time, especially if they belong to the same family. Harmful things may take root in the soil, preparing to take over your garden. By using the crop rotation method, you will be able to ward off disease and fungus naturally.
You don’t have to buy inferior produce. Use the suggestions outlined above to help you start growing your very own fruits and veggies today.