Growing your own organic garden can really give you a nutritional boost to your diet, but knowing what it takes can be difficult. As well, there are a lot of choices when it comes to seeds. Follow these steps to grow your very own 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? A natural area will allow beneficial birds and insects, many of which pollinate plants, to live on your property and help your garden grow stronger.
When growing indoor plants, the thermostat should be set between 65-75 degrees throughout the day. Plants require a warmer climate to grow. If you don’t like keeping your home that temperature in the winter, you may wish to consider getting a heat lamp, instead, to keep your organic plants the correct temperature.
If you choose to use organic methods to care for your houseplants, you should bear in mind that certain plants require more sunlight than others. Almost every type of plant you grow requires ample sunlight, so think about how much natural light you home receives or if you perhaps need to supplement with UV lamps. If you do and this does not help, consider investing in some grow-lights.
As your seeds sprout, they require less warmth than before. As they begin growing you can move them farther away from heat sources. If you have plastic films on your containers, remove them. You need to read the seeds to know the best time to do this.
When working in the garden, try to work as efficiently as possible. It’s frustrating to search for a tool for a half hour. You can prepare what you need beforehand, keep it all handy in a toolbox or a shed, and you will be ready to work in your garden at a moment’s notice. One way to keep your tools handy is to use a belt especially designed to hold them. An alternative is to wear a garment with multiple pockets that are big enough to hold your more commonly used tools.
Do not underestimate pine as great mulch. There are many types of plants with a high acidity, which means they thrive in acidic soil. Pine needles to line the bed of your garden are easy to find for these kinds of plants. Cover the plots with pine needles. As the pine needles decay, they’ll raise the soil’s acidity.
Don’t use pesticides – kill your weeds naturally! Take layers of newspapers and use them for weed control. The main thing that a weed needs to thrive is sunlight. When you cover weeds with newspaper layers, they suffocate due to lack of light. Newspapers easily break down over a period of time, and eventually become a portion of the compost. Use mulch on the top in order to make everything look attractive.
For container planting, be sure to plant your seeds at a depth around three times the radius of the seed. But, is important to realize the some seeds ought not be covered, as they need complete exposure to sun. Typical examples are petunias and ageratum. Read the instructions that came with the seeds, and do some research on the Internet to find out the sunlight that your seeds need.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. This may sound strange, but research has proven that doing this will help your plants grow bigger than if they were not petted at all.
In conclusion, organic gardening can be a critical component of fulfilling your dietary goals. The knowledge that you gain from this pursuit is fulfilling in itself. Using the above advice is a great starting point for a successful organic garden.