Most people are familiar with the idea of organic foods or may have noticed them in food stores. Organic items are easy to spot on the shelves. They are usually in fancy packages and very pricey. You can cut the store out of the equation and save a lot of money by planting your own patch of organic vegetables in the back yard!
Involve the whole family in your gardening hobby; children find growing things to be very interesting. Children will benefit from the fresh air while bonding with you in your efforts to provide healthier food alternatives for them.
It’s simple to lay a new perennial bed. Only a garden spade and woods chips are necessary. To prepare the garden, slice out sheets of turf using the spade, and flip the turf upside down. Then, cover the newly turned soil with wood chips, approximately three inches deep. Let the area sit for a couple weeks, then begin digging into it and planting your new perennials.
Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. You have several options including using a bucket to hold your tools or wearing pants with lots of sturdy pockets. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
Use several inches of organic materials for mulch in your flower beds. By doing this, you can lock in moisture, discourage weed growth, and nourish your plants. A layer of mulch also creates a more attractive appearance.
Have plastic bags on hand to put over dirty gardening shoes. You will be able to go in and out without having to keep taking your shoes on and off.
Want to get rid of weeds naturally? You need to have many layers of newspapers in order to provide proper weed control. In order to grow, weeds need sunlight. The newspaper will block sunlight and weeds won’t be able to grow. As an added benefit, the newspapers will decompose over time, becoming organic compost. If you want it to look better, just add a layer or two of much over top of the newspapers.
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, however. Some types of seeds require more direct sunlight than others, and as such they should not be fully covered. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. With so many different types of seeds, it is important that you check seed packaging or utilize other resources, such as the Internet, to discover which seeds require exposure to direct sunlight.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.