You are ready to plant your organic garden. Your timing could not be better. Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.
Involve your children in gardening. They will enjoy learning about nature and bonding with you.
Keep the temperature in your home between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, if you are keeping or growing any kind of plant in your house. Your plants will not grow well if it is too cold. If your home isn’t that warm during in winter, try a heat lamp to use on your organic plants instead.
Cover your flower beds with two or three inches of compost or organic mulch. This is a simple method of discouraging weeds, retaining moisture, and adding excellent nutrients into the garden. In addition, your flower beds will have a beautiful, finished appearance year round.
Coffee grounds can benefit many types of soil. Plants can use the nitrogenous nutrients found in coffee grounds. The more nitrogen you have in the soil, the greater the growth of your plants will be, so adding grounds or compost will ensure your plants grow large very quickly.
Use an old laundry basket to gather your vegetables and fruits. A laundry basket will act as a strainer for your produce. Rinse the produce while it sits in the basket, the extra water will go through the holes in the basket.
Your compost pile should contain green plant materials and dry plant materials. Add grass clippings, waste from fruits and vegetables, leaves, and weeds for the green materials in your compost pile. Dry materials, like sawdust, cut up wood pieces, cardboard, straw and shredded paper are good for your compost pile. Avoid using animal manure, charcoal or diseased plants in your compost.
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. Some seeds need sunlight and should not be buried. Some of these seeds are petunias and ageratum. If you do now know how to plant your seed, consult the information that came with the seed when you bought it or check online for helpful information.
Lightly ruffle your seeds by hand or with cardboard, twice daily in your organic garden. You may think it odd, but studies show that this action results in plant growth that is more substantial than would otherwise be achieved.
Use a beer trap to get rid of unwanted pests, like slugs. Get a clean, empty glass jar to use as a trap. Bury it with its mouth facing upwards. Keep putting dirt over the jar until the mouth is at the surface of your garden. Now, fill the jar with beer to approximately an inch below the lip. Beer attracts slugs and then they’ll get stuck in the jar.
If you want to sell your crops as organic, you should look into obtaining a certification proving that you are an organic garden. This also does several things to boost your business. First, it is likely to increase your sales as it builds trust in more customers. Second, it shows customers who have been loyal that the quality produce you provide is top notch.
You should now feel better about your organic gardening knowledge. You are now the expert, even if you didn’t think so before. These tips will have hopefully given you the tips you need to grow a organic garden.