It can be confusing to buy the right equipment and fully understand an organic garden. There are also other other considerations, like the optimal soil for a garden and the right seeds. Here are a few tips and techniques you can use to get started in your own organic garden.
Always make sure to mow your lawn to the appropriate length, always making sure that the cut is not too close. Higher grass sends roots further down, increasing lawn strength and viability. Short grass leads to more shallow roots and will result in more brown, dried-out patches.
When you grow veggies in a garden, you need to ensure they get at least six hours of good sunlight each day. Many of the vegetables need a lot of sun, so they can grow right and at a faster pace. This is also true for some flowers.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. The coffee grounds provide a cheap way to re-supply needed acid to the dirt. This will allow your vegetables and greenery to really thrive.
Use a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool when you’re working in your garden. It’s rough on your knees to spend lots of time on the ground kneeling or squatting. That’s why it’s a good idea to have a portable, lightweight garden stool on hand. In addition, maintaining a garden typically means moving around heavy dirt and other objects, which makes buying a wheelbarrow a very smart purchase.
The prevent your dog from trampling through your garden, spray some old aftershave, perfume or other heavily scented things on the grass around your plants. Your dog will find more interesting scents to explore elsewhere and leave your garden alone.
Vegetables are softer in the heat of the hottest part of the day; even gently picking them at that time can damage them. Cut vegetables off at the vine, and don’t twist them off, as this could hurt the plant.
If you are interested in sustainable organic gardening, consider keeping part of your property undeveloped so that wildlife can flourish there. 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.
If you can’t wait for a cut to heal before digging in the dirt, then at least protect your cuts from exposure. A cut that has come into contact with extraneous materials like dirt can become seriously infected. You can completely seal the area using some of the great bandages that are now available.
Put an organic material, such as mulch two or three inches deep, in your flower beds. This is a simple method of discouraging weeds, retaining moisture, and adding excellent nutrients into the garden. Mulch also completes your garden, giving it a finished appearance.
When you are doing work in your garden, be efficient. Don’t waste time searching for lost tools. Prepare all the tools you need before you go out to work on your garden, and put them away nicely when you are done. You can keep your garden tools in a tool belt, or in your pockets. Another good idea is to keep them all in a bucket that you carry around with you.
Get your organic garden certified so you can credibly claim that your crops are organic. Obtaining this certification will give you further credibility as an organic gardener, boosting sales and proving to your customers that you provide only the best.
While organic horticulture costs more and requires more effort, the produce that will come out of your garden will be healthier for you. Growing your crops organically will offer the best reward for those who eat the foods.
As stated, organic horticulture, and understanding the choices you have in terms of plants, can greatly affect your present and future dietary choices. Using the above advice is a great starting point for a successful organic garden.