Fruits and vegetables that are grown organically are not only healthy and delicious, but also far surpasses any produce you will find in any supermarket. Why not save your money and grown your own veggies? Keep reading to learn how to grow organic fruits and vegetables at home.
If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. Children love to snap up these sweet juicy fruits for themselves and will be much more willing to eat other foods you’ve planted as well.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Remember to plan for adequate spacing when you first lay out an organic garden. It can be easy to underestimate how much space your plants will need once they begin growing. The plants will inevitably need to unfurl and spread, but they also need the circulation of air from open spaces. Plan accordingly and put an appropriate amount of distance between seeds.
When it is time to gather your produce, you should use an older laundry basket. The laundry basket can be used as a colander for your produce. Rinse off your produce while it’s in the laundry basket, and any excess water will be strained out through the basket’s holes.
When creating a compost pile, use dried plant materials and green plants in equal parts. Green plant material can include items such as leftover produce waste, grass clippings and leaves. Your dried material can be things such as sawdust, paper shreds, wood shavings, straw and cardboard. Materials to avoid during composting include diseased plants, meat, ashes and charcoal.
You can kill weeds naturally. A layer of newspaper, several pages thick, placed over the ground will do the trick. In order to grow, weeds need sunlight. By placing newspaper over them, they will not get light and suffocate. Newspapers also break down over time, becoming part of your compost. Covering the newspaper with mulch will help your garden to be more pleasing to the eye.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Bury a single glass jar with the open mouth level with your soil in the garden. Keep the jar filled with beer, up to about an inch from the top. Slugs will crawl into the jar to get the beer and not be able to get out again.
You should use wood that is untreated, brick or stone when building the raised bed. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Some good woods are locust, cedar and cypress. If you use treated wood in your vegetable garden, the chemicals in the wood can make their way into the soil, and in turn, to your crops. In the event your vegetable garden already has treated wood as part of its enclosure, consider replacing it, or painting it, or wrapping the treated wood in some protective covering. Keep in mind that if any of the untreated wood is below the ground, you should dig it up to make sure that you completely protect your vegetable garden from the chemicals in the treated wood.
Don’t settle for produce that is inferior. Apply what you’ve learned in this article today, and start growing your own produce.