Is store-bought produce a little bland for your tastes? Is produce from organic growers at farmer’s markets much too expensive? Read on to find out how you can stop relying on others for your fruits and vegetables, by building and maintaining your own home organic garden, full of delicious produce!
Composting for organic gardening reduces the need for fertilizers, is a form of herbicide, can help prevent plant diseases and helps impact the environment in positive ways. Composting is a source of nutrition for insects, helps with soil erosion and reduces waste sent to landfills. It is wonderful for the health of the environment in general.
One of the best ways to be successful at organic gardening is to plan early. The best laid out plans for an organic garden, always make for the most successful garden. Plan what you will plant early on and be sure to have back-up vegetables ready to plant when short-lived plants, like lettuce and spinach, are done for the year.
Seeds that have sprouted don’t require the extra warmth that was needed before they sprouted. As your plants grow, move them away from the source of heat. Take any plastic film off of your containers because they hold in heat and humidity. Watch your seeds closely to find the right time to do this.
To conserve water when you’re gardening, be sure to use three inches of organic mulch. The mulch will help your plants to absorb the water slowly over time, allowing you to use less water than you normally would. Many natural materials make great mulch, including pine needles and many types of leaves.
Fertilize your soil with organic compost. Organic gardeners tend to fertilize their soil twice in one season: once prior to planting, and then again in the middle of a growth cycle. The best fertilizer to use is an organic compost, as it releases nutrients slowly unlike chemical fertilizers, which release nutrients in one go and then lose their effect.
Try not to let the chores associated to your organic garden build up. If you’re too busy to do all those little things each day, there are some small steps you can take to not have all that work build up on you. For instance, pluck weeds while you take your dog outside or before getting in your car.
The compost pile should include equal parts of dried material and green plant material. Your green material can be made up of produce waste, used floral arrangements, lawn cuttings, leaves, and other yard waste. Dry materials, like sawdust, cut up wood pieces, cardboard, straw and shredded paper are good for your compost pile. You should not use things like meat scraps, charcoal, blighted plants or the manure of meat-eating animals in your compost.
Now that you’ve read these tips on building and maintaining your very own organic garden right in your back yard, why wait! Stop relying on stores and farmers to give you produce that you could be growing on your own property, grown with love and pesticide free! Build your organic garden today!