Most people are familiar with the idea of organic foods or may have noticed them in food stores. It’s usually easy to distinguish the organic items from the others. They have different packaging and cost tons more. This article can help you save money by growing organic produce right in your own garden.
Gardening, especially organic gardening, helps you feel more “at one” with the earth. This kind of gardening keeps you more involved in planting, cultivating and harvesting, giving you a clearer picture of the entire life cycle of each plant.
To be most efficient in your gardening, always keep your tools close at hand. You can keep them in a good sized bucket, or wear utility pants that have plenty of large pockets. Keep your gloves, a trowel, small pruning shears and other tools handy and make quick work of your garden maintenance.
A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood. Choose a wood that is resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Cypress, locust and cedar usually work best. It is particular important that you don’t use treated wood for vegetable beds, as the chemicals and toxins on the wood could leach into the soil and be absorbed by food plants. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet.
You can help your plants resist disease by spraying them with aspirin water. Dissolve aspirin (1.5 pills per 2 gallons of water) in a bucket and administer to your plants. You can easily spray the plans with this concoction to help them fight of disease. Use this method every three weeks.
Plants growing in your home need a constant temperature of no less than 65 degrees. The plants need this temperature in order to effectively grow. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.
Learn the right way to buy your plants. Find out if you are supposed to buy them when they are in bloom, when they are budded, or at some time in between. When you purchase perennials or annuals, then this should be taken into consideration much more. They should be bought budded, yet still not in bloom. This is so they can start growing a stronger root system in your garden.
It’s simple to quickly prepare your soil for the planting of a perennial garden. With a garden spade, slice under the dirt then flip it over. Next, spread out wood chips several inches deep. Give the area a couple of weeks, then dig into it and plant your new perennials.
If you sell your crops and label them organic, you should get an organic garden certified seal. This attracts customers who are willing to drive a little farther and pay a little more for products that are safe and healthy.
Make sure you plant your garden in different areas every year. If the types of plants that you grow are consistent from one year to the next, they may be more prone to diseases and plant fungus. These plant killing phenomena can lay dormant down in the dirt, waiting and willing to strike your next year’s plants. Change the design of your garden regularly to prevent diseases from spreading.
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.