Organic Gardening Guidelines That You Must Know

TIP! Involve the whole family in your gardening hobby; children find growing things to be very interesting. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.

Organic gardening produces super-healthy fruits and veggies that are free of pesticides. In addition, this product is delicious, while also staying healthier than those fruits and veggies found in a regular supermarket. You could save money by growing your own fruits and vegetables instead of getting them from the store. Read the article below for tips and suggestions on how you can have your very own organic garden at home.

TIP! Consider planting strawberries, especially ones that are everbearing, for your garden if you have small children. Children will be more willing to help you if they can pluck their own fruit from the garden.

Ward off certain diseases that plague plants with the use of aspirin. To add the aspirin to the plant, dissolve about one tablet and a half into approximately two gallons of fresh water. Simply spray your plants with the mixture, and this will help them fend off various diseases. Use this method to spray your plants every three weeks.

TIP! Gardeners who are intrigued by the ideas of organic and sustainable methods should think about designating a portion of their landscape to support native plants and animals. This will also benefit your cultivated gardens as it will attract more bugs and birds to pollinate your other plants.

When you are cultivating an organic garden inside, you should think about the lighting situation. If the room you wish to grow them in faces in a direction that gets little light, choose varieties of plants which can accept this type of environment. If the type of plant does not help, you can always use lights to help.

TIP! Keep your plants in a warm, moist environment, if possible. This is the optimum temperature to ensure strong growth.

Organize your gardening so that you can work efficiently. Do not spend half an hour looking everywhere for a tool. Before you make a trip to your garden, you should gather all tools and items in advance. Afterwards, be sure to return them to their original storage place. It may be necessary to don a tool belt or cargo pants with extra pockets.

TIP! Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep.

Pine can make for a great type of mulch. Some plants have a naturally high acidic level, and therefore like acidic soil. For such plants, pine needles function both as a handy mulch and as a soil amendment to lower the pH. Cover the beds with a couple inches of needles and as they decompose, they will disperse acid to the soil.

TIP! When you're making a compost pile, you should use fresh and dried plants to get it started. Green plant material consists of spent flowers, veggie and fruit waste, leaves, weeds, and grass clippings.

Try to work in your garden at least a short time each day. Even if you can't tend to your garden daily, you can do little things to help so that there is not a huge amount of work to be done when you are ready to get back to it. For example, if you have a dog, pull a few weeds while you are outdoors with the dog. Over time, you keep your garden weed free without adding any additional time on to your day.

Laundry Basket

TIP! When maintaining your organic garden, try lightly petting your seedlings — either with the palm of your hand or something like a sheet of cardboard — once or twice each day. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.

When it is harvest time, use a laundry basket. The laundry basket will function as a makeshift strainer for the fruits and vegetables. Doing this allows you to both rinse and drain your fresh produce.

TIP! If slugs are a problem in your garden, use a beer trap to kill them naturally. Bury a jar in the garden with it's mouth open and level to the ground.

Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Garden wastes, such as grass clippings, are classified as green materials. The leaves you rake in the fall, straw, sawdust and the like are dry material. Certain substances will undermine your composting efforts and cancel out any benefits; these include meat, charcoal, ash or plants that have diseases or fungal growths.

TIP! A diversity of materials can be used to construct raised beds. These include brick, stone, and wood.

For the best results when growing an organic garden, you should shake your seeds up a little bit. After planted, make sure you agitate the seeds at least twice daily, using your fingers or even a Popsicle stick. It may sound a little odd to do this, but there is actually proven research that shows this helps the plants grow.

Treated Wood

TIP! An excellent feature of organic vegetables is that they contain no pesticides. Of course, organic produce is much healthier, but you should still thoroughly rinse it before consumption.

Use untreated stone, brick or wood to build raised beds. If you choose wood, ensure that it has not been treated with a sealant or other chemicals. Excellent choices are cedar, locust and cypress. In order to avoid toxic substances from getting into the ground and perhaps into your vegetables, avoid using treated wood to enclose or demarcate different sections of your vegetable garden. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.

TIP! Try using botanical pesticide products that can keep your insect problem under control. Natural insecticides are sometimes more effective than the myriad synthetic, chemical-based products available.

The lack of pesticides in organic gardens is a major benefit. Though this is certainly a great thing for the health of your loved ones, it is important to watch for additional pests and insects that may be present.

TIP! Using a soaker hose to water the garden is probably your best choice. The water slowly seeps from these hoses and is positioned so the roots get the water, and the leaves remain dry.

Rotate the plants that you grow each year by switching up where you plant them. Fungus and disease are more likely to affect plants if they stay in the same location for long periods of time, especially if they belong to the same family. The fungus and bacteria will stay in the ground a whole year and attack your plants when the time is right. If you change things up by planting things in different places, you can naturally prevent fungus and disease from taking over.

TIP! Mulch your garden with no less than 3" of organic bedding material. By using mulch, you will be able to save money on your water bill and help your plants grow.

Grow garlic. It's best to plant garlic cloves in either spring or fall. Make sure the soil is drained well. Plant them approximately 4 inches apart at a depth of 1 or 2 inches beneath the surface of the soil with the pointed end facing upward. As the garlic shoots grow, you can snip them and use them for cooking. The garlic is ready to be picked when the tops turn brown. Leave the bulbs out to dry and exposed to the sun for a few days so that the skin hardens a bit. You can go ahead and store them in a cooler area, and you can either keep them loose or tie them up.

Green Starts

TIP! Weeds are a problem in any garden, even organic ones. Vinegar is a non-toxic way to kill off the weeds without harming the environment.

Check the roots of your plants. When you are purchasing tomato seedlings for your organic garden, you should watch out for lush green starts with bad root systems. Some green starts can last for several weeks, which will actually inhibit the growth of new seedlings that are delayed.

Don't buy any more low-quality produce from the supermarket. Apply what you've learned in this article today, and start growing your own produce.

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