An organic garden provides you with a much healthier diet. However, effort is required in order to effectively grow. Knowing this might make you ponder where you should start and what aspects of organic gardening are most important.
An easy to grow plant to grow in your organic garden is garlic. Plant individual garlic cloves early in the spring or fall. They should be planted in well-drained moist soil. Set them four inches apart, approximately one to two inches deep into the soil, with their ends up. Green garlic shoots could be cut as it grows, and it can be used to substitute scallions or chives. Harvest the garlic bulbs when the tops of the plants turn brown. To harden the garlic’s skin after picking, dry the it in the sunlight for a few days. Store them in a cool place, tied in bunches or loose.
Ensure your soil is health by adding mulch. The right amount of mulch in a garden also works to protect the soil underneath. It prevents soil temperature from getting too warm on hot, sunny days, which protects your plants’ roots. The layer of mulch will also minimize evaporation, reducing your need to water as frequently as you would a garden without mulch. This is also a good way to control the weeds.
You should add a two to three inch layer of organic mulch to your flower bed. Covering the beds with mulch serves multiple purposes; it helps the flowers by retaining moisture and adding nutrients, and it discourages the growth of unwanted plants. This will also make your flowers appear beautiful and finished all year long.
Organic gardening is a relatively new term but the methods used have been around for centuries. It was how gardening was done for most of the history of cultivation. The Indians taught pilgrims to plant their crops by putting a fish along with the seeds into the ground. Start a nice compost pile in order to make your own fertilizer for an organic garden. The benefits include simple recycling, less trash and a good source of organic nourishment for your garden.
A rule of thumb followed by many planters is to bury the seeds in soil to a depth of around three times the diameter of the actual seed. There are exceptions to this rule though, as some seeds need direct sunlight to grow. Some typical examples are petunias and ageratum. If you are unsure about your seed’s requirements for sunlight, the resources are often provided along with the seeds, or you can find out online.
Mix one part milk with six parts water and spray this liquid on your plants regularly. The practice of spraying your garden with this mixture will prevent powdery mildew, a condition which can kill your plants. You can hold the solution in the refrigerator for a maximum of three weeks. You can safely apply the mixture every day until you have eradicated any remaining mildew.
Make you garden diverse. A larger variety of plants in your garden will attract more wildlife. Try planting many different groups of plants in the garden so you are able to recreate a more natural environment. This will make your garden enjoyable, and you will also be doing the right thing environmentally.
If your soil is healthy, your plants will be healthy too, which means they’ll be better equipped to resist diseases and other types of damage that insects cause. This won’t get rid of insects, but it does make them less harmful, which should make most people happy.
As you are aware now, there is homework to be done and energy to be expended in setting up a real organic garden. If you want to see success at your efforts, you have to continue working at it. Incorporate the insights you’ve learned here to get your organic garden growing this year.