Planting an organic garden gives you easy access to a source of healthy food, but buying what you need and getting it set up can be tough for a first-timer. There are also other other considerations, like the optimal soil for a garden and the right seeds. Below you’ll find some great tips to make sure you get the most out of your organic garden.
If you like the concept of organic gardening, then why not take it one step further by leaving some of your land undeveloped for the area’s wildlife? This is a great natural way to allow the insects and animals found in nature to assist with the growth of your garden.
It is important to keep the temperature set between 65 and 75 degrees, if you wish to raise plants in the home. Your plants will not grow well if it is too cold. If you think it would not be comfortable to keep your residence that warm in the winter, consider purchasing a heat lamp to use on the plants.
You’ll save time and energy if you keep tools nearby while working in your garden. Carry a large bucket with you or wear pants with a lot of pockets. A gardener’s tool belt will allow you to keep your gardening gloves and other tools close by while you are working in your garden.
Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Green plant material comprises leaves, weeds, spent flowers, grass clippings, and fruit and vegetable waste. Examples of dried plant material are sawdust, shredded paper, straw, cut-up woody material, and cardboard. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
When planting seeds in containers, plant the seed roughly three times deeper than the seed’s size. Certain seeds are an exception to that rule, since they require sunlight to germinate, so they should be barely covered or not at all. Petunias and ageratum are two examples of seeds that require sunlight. If you are unsure if your seeds should be covered, refer to the seed packet, or if that is not available, look for information online.
Lightly ruffle your seeds by hand or with cardboard, twice daily in your organic garden. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
You can make a raised bed with untreated wood, brick, or stone. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated. The most popular options for this type of project are cypress, locust and cedar woods. Avoid using treated wood in an organic vegetable garden. The chemicals in the wood can leak into the soil, and eventually into the plants. If you have built a bed with treated lumber already, use a barrier such as plastic to line the bed.
Starting an organic garden helps make your diet better, and understanding the different options for your garden can help you be even more successful. Following the above tips is a very good starting place to successfully grow an organic garden for you and your family.