Organic fruits and vegetables are both delicious and healthy, far surpassing normal supermarket produce. Rather than eating store-bought fruits and veggies, you should try growing your own. Below is a selection of organic gardening tips that will help you to start harvesting delicious, healthy produce at home.
If you want a sustainable garden, leave part of it undisturbed as a home for the wildlife in the area. Doing this will allow creatures that help plants to produce and pollinate to continue their actions, which will have a positive effect on the garden you develop.
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. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures. 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.
Try to keep plastic bags on hand to cover shoes that are muddy. You will save time and be back in the garden much more quickly by doing this.
Pine mulch can be highly effective under the right conditions. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. Pine needles are an excellent form of mulch for these types of plants. Cover up your beds with a few inches of needles. As they start to decompose, they’ll spread out acid onto the ground and soil.
In an organic garden, ruffle any seedlings with a piece of cardboard, or even your hand, a couple times each day. While it might sound strange, research has shown that this method can increase the size of your plants.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Bury a single glass jar with the open mouth level with your soil in the garden. Fill this jar up with beer almost entirely. The scent of the beer will bait the slugs into the jar and they will become trapped.
Try using untreated stone, brick, or wood to create a raised bed. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. The most popular options for this type of project are cypress, locust and cedar woods. Treated wood can leach chemicals into any soil it rests against, so don’t use it in a garden with vegetables. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet.
Avoid over-watering your plants. Excess water may hinder the plant’s roots from getting nutrition from the soil. Before heading out to water your plants, check the weather to see if rain is included in the immediate forecast. If showers are headed your way, it’s probably in your best interest to leave the water hose turned off.
There is no need to buy produce of lesser quality. If you follow the advice that you have just read, you will be on your way to an even greener thumb!