If you want to improve your diet, you should think about organic gardening. However, effort is required in order to effectively grow. You probably do not know how to go about growing an organic garden on your own.
It is important to keep the temperature set between 65 and 75 degrees, if you wish to raise plants in the home. The temperature needs to remain steady and warm so the plants can grow. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. Use your spade to slice chunks of turf up, then flip each piece over, and spread wood chips on top to a depth of four inches. Give this area at least a few weeks, then you can dig into the area and plant the new perennials.
Keep your tools handy to work more efficiently. You can make use of a bucket, or wear pants that have plenty of pockets. Have gloves, small shears, a trowel and any other tools you may need on hand to make it simpler to maintain your garden.
Top all your garden beds with several inches of organic mulch. Covering the beds with mulch serves multiple purposes; it helps the flowers by retaining moisture and adding nutrients, and it discourages the growth of unwanted plants. By adding mulch, you can give your flower beds a finished appearance.
Tuck away some plastic grocery bags and use them to slip over your muddy boots. You’ll be able to keep your momentum going without needing to take off your shoes, and stay on track with your gardening project.
Spacing is essential when planting an organic garden. Many people underestimate the space needed for plants to grow to their full size. Beyond just the physical space that the plants will need, you should also consider the airflow that the plants will require. Keep this in mind when appropriating spots to plant your seeds.
Within your composting heap, ensure that there is an equal split of dried and green plant materials. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. Never put meat in your compost or even the waste from your family pets. These can harbor diseases that won’t be killed by the composting process.
Use untreated stone, brick or wood to build raised beds. If you are to use wood, you should make sure that the wood is not treated and is also naturally rot resistant. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. Treated wood has chemicals that can be harmful to a vegetable garden. If you have already used lumber that is treated, you can line it with plastic or another type of barrier.
Adopting organic gardening methods may take more effort than traditional approaches, but the payoff is considerably worth it. Harsh chemicals may be easier to use, but they can affect the nutrition and taste of your vegetables.
A successful organic garden is the result of hard work and a good understanding of the principles involved. For the best results, you need to be dedicated to the work. Remembering the above tips, you can successfully grow an organic garden.