Organic fruits and vegetables are both delicious and healthy, far surpassing normal supermarket produce. As an alternative to store-bought fruits and veggies, have you every considered growing your own organically? Read on to find out how to build your own organic garden, in your own home!
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. Using a garden spade, dig underneath the turf and flip it. Then, create a layer of wood chips at least three inches deep over the area you just flipped. Give this area at least a few weeks, then you can dig into the area and plant the new perennials.
Have your tools for gardening nearby in order to maximize your efficiency with gardening. Carry a large bucket with you or wear pants with a lot of pockets. Make sure your trowel, pruning shears, gloves and other important tools are always handy. This will allow you to make easy work of your gardening up-keep!
You need to make sure you are very efficient when working in your organic garden. One of the biggest time wasters is not keeping track of your tools and having to look for them every time you need them. Keep your tools well-maintained and stored away in a designated place. That way you always know where they are and they are ready to use when you need them. Even something like a carpenter’s tool belt or some cargo jeans work well to keep tools organized.
Your compost pile should contain green plants and dried ones in equal amounts. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. Dried plant materials are things like shredded newspaper, cardboard, sawdust, straw, and any cut up wood materials. Don’t include ashes, diseased plants, charcoal meat, or carnivorous animal waste.
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. Believe it or not, aerating the soil in this manner can actually make your seedlings grow larger.
A raised bed can be built with untreated wood, brick or stone. Choose a wood that is resistant to rot and does not contain any chemicals. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. Don’t use treated wood in a garden for vegetables because the chemicals contained in them can leak into the ground. If you have to use treated wood, you should line it with a bit of plastic to create a barrier.
Consider adding mulch for healthier soil. Mulch can give your soil some additional protection and nourishment. It protects the plant roots, keeping the ground cool on a hot summer day. It also keeps soil moist longer by preventing water evaporation. It will also keep weeds under control.
Stop wasting your money on produce that isn’t up to standard. By following the advice in this article, you will soon be growing your own healthy veggies and fruits!