If you use these principles of organic gardening, you will produce notably positive effects for your plants and your planet. It reflects a sincere desire on your part to create healthy plants and to see them reach their full potential. This is a very good thing to do. As any other skill, your organic gardening skills will only grow with time and experience. The following tips can assist you.
Organic gardening is a safe hobby to share with your children. A garden can teach your children about the joy of rewarding work and nutrition while bonding.
A good tip to help your plants stay healthy and fight diseases is to use aspirin water. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. Spray this mixture onto your plants. The process can be repeated every three weeks or so.
When growing plants inside of the house, you should ensure the thermostat is set at around 65-75 degrees in the daytime. Indoor plants grow best at these warm temperatures. Another option is the use heat lamps that will protect your organic plants.
It is simple to prepare your garden for perennial flowers. With a garden spade, slice under the dirt then flip it over. Next, spread out wood chips several inches deep. After a few weeks, dig, then plant your perennials.
You may find an old plastic laundry basket ideal for gathering vegetables from your garden. The laundry basket can be used as a colander for your produce. Rinse your produce while it lays in the basket; any excess water strains off through the laundry basket holes.
Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Green plant material can include old flowers, fruit waste, grass clippings, vegetable waste, and leaves. Examples of dried plant material are sawdust, shredded paper, straw, cut-up woody material, and cardboard. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
When planting seeds you should cover them with fine soil. Determine its depth by looking at the seed’s size and multiplying it by three. Some seeds shouldn’t be covered and must be in sunlight at all times. Some typical examples are petunias and ageratum. The directions for how to handle the seeds will usually be found on the seed’s package. You can also find this information online.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. That may sound like a silly thing to do, but it’s been proven to help plants grow larger than they would otherwise.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. If you choose to use wood, make sure it is naturally rot resistant and untreated. Some great choices to choose from are cedar, locust and cypress. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. Treated wood can be lined with plastic to create a barrier.
Now you have everything you need to work in your organic garden– the correct products and tools, and most importantly, the skill! Great! The tips above will help you to improve your organic garden. You might even have learned something you hadn’t known before to use in your organic garden.