No doubt you are familiar with organic foods, or at least know what they are. It is typically easy to identify organic products. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Look at the following advice to learn how to start an organic garden.
Involve your children in gardening. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. Simple slice into the soil with a spade, flip the turf, and mulch the area with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips. Give the area a couple of weeks, then dig into it and plant your new perennials.
Pine can make surprisingly great mulch. There are many types of plants with a high acidity, which means they thrive in acidic soil. Plants like these thrive when you use pine needles as mulch. Cover the surface of the ground with a two-inch layer of the pine needles; as the needles break down, they will release acid into the soil and nourish your plants.
Spacing is one of the primary considerations when planning an organic garden. It can be easy to underestimate how much space your plants will need once they begin growing. Beyond just the physical space that the plants will need, you should also consider the airflow that the plants will require. Plot out all of these considerations before putting that first seed in the ground.
When the time has come to gather up the produce, you need to use an old laundry basket. It makes a great strainer for your vegetables. The produce can be rinsed off as it sits in the laundry basket, and extra water will drain out through the sides.
Use equal parts dried and green plant material for your own compost. When you pull weeds from your garden, throw them in the compost. The same goes for vegetable trimmings and grass clippings. These are considered green materials. Dried plant matter, on the other hand, includes shredded paper, used wood chips and straw. Diseased plants, meat and fire-waste like charcoal or ashes should not be placed in your compost pile.
If you are planting seeds in containers, a good rule of thumb is that the seed’s depth should be around three times its overall size. Some seeds shouldn’t be covered and must be in sunlight at all times. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. If you are unsure about the specific needs of your seeds, you should consult your local garden center or conduct further research online. Important things to look for include water requirements, ideal soil type, and recommended sunlight exposure.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.