Chances are, you’ve probably at least heard, if not seen, organic foods at some point. Organic items are easy to spot on the shelves. They come is special packaging and they are usually a lot more expensive than their non-organic counterparts. Look at the following advice to learn how to start an organic garden.
If you are a fan of organic, sustainable gardening methods, consider leaving part of your backyard untouched so that natural plants and wildlife can flourish in the area. Most likely, you will find your organic garden producing better once your property is home to the insects, birds, and other wildlife that plants rely on for pollination and the production and dispersal of seeds.
Use this simple tip to get your perennial garden ready in a flash. Using a garden spade, dig underneath the turf and flip it. Then, create a layer of wood chips at least three inches deep over the area you just flipped. Let this sit for a couple weeks, next dig into it to plant your new plants.
Work properly in your garden. Don’t waste your time looking for missing 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. Get yourself a tool belt, or wear pants with many pockets.
Be aware of spacing considerations when you are first planting your organic garden. When the garden is bare, it is sometimes hard to envision how much space a mature plant actually needs. The plants will inevitably need to unfurl and spread, but they also need the circulation of air from open spaces. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings.
When it is time to gather your produce, you should use an older laundry basket. An old basket will act like a strainer does. Rinse your produce while it lays in the basket; any excess water strains off through the laundry basket holes.
Use equal parts dried and green plant material for your own compost. Green plant material consists of spent flowers, veggie and fruit waste, leaves, weeds, and grass clippings. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Your compost pile should never contain meat, ashes or charcoal.
In order to claim your crops are legitimately organic and be credible, it is important to your customers that you become organic garden certified. This will improve your sales and show your faithful customers that they are getting the best possible food that is grown.
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.