Chances are, you’ve probably at least heard, if not seen, organic foods at some point. It’s easy to tell which items are certified organic by the USDA. They’re packaged differently and usually cost a lot more. Use the tips offered here to learn more about organic gardening.
When designing a garden area of your yard, a good place to start is with a tree or hedge as the anchor or structural foundation to your garden. Plant grasses and perennials around the taller centerpiece plant to add texture, color and flow. In time, these plants will fill out as they grow and look splendid against the taller trees or shrubs in the background.
Pick your plants with an eye to maximize the yield you can get. It is quite common to find that hybrids, which are often able to resist disease and withstand cold climates, produce yields much larger than their conventional counterparts.
Use the handles of your tools as a handy ruler when doing your outdoor chores. Tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes, and shovels can be converted into handy measuring sticks. Lay your handles on the floor, and put measuring tape right next to them. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. Now, the next time you’re down in the garden, you’ll have a handy ruler without needing to look anywhere else.
Start a compost bin, and enjoy nutrient-rich fertilizer that you can use for your vegetable plants, herbs, flowers and more. Food scraps and peels, coffee grounds, eggshells, newspaper, paperboard, yard waste and other organic matter are perfect additions to your compost bin. Keep a small bucket or bag in your freezer as an odor-free way to collect kitchen waste, and empty the container into the outdoor bin when it is full.
Small pebbles and stones make excellent plant markers. To keep track of your plants while simultaneously adding a touch of natural beauty to your garden, collect some pebbles and stones. Find stones with a fairly smooth surface, and use a permanent marker or a little paint to place your plant names on them. This is a much prettier and more natural solution than the traditional plastic tags that clutter up most gardens.
Try and maintain daily aerated and dried plants. If your plants are moist, this can attract disease and parasites. A fungus is one of the most important and debilitating parasites for plants. Fungicide sprays can deal with fungal infestations, but they are most effective if you apply them before a fungus problem becomes noticeable.
When buying a shade tree, buy a smaller seedling that has been grown in a pot. Buying a larger tree seems like a better idea, but it has to be dug out of the ground. This damages the root system of the tree, so it spends its first growing years replacing those roots. The potted seedling, however, can immediately start growing new leaves and branches.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.