Organic produce is both nutritious and tasty, far surpassing the typical supermarket selection of fruits and vegetables. Why not consider producing your own organically grown produce? Keep reading for ideas and inspiration on organic gardening and its benefits!
A mixture of aspirin and water can help your ailing plants. One and half tablets of aspirin in a couple gallons of water will be a wonderful help to the plants you have. You can just spray this on them to fight disease. Be sure to repeat this process every two or three weeks.
For in-home organic gardeners, you are looking for an ideal temperature of around 60-75 degrees for your plants. Young plants need a temperature within that specific range to grow. If your home isn’t that warm during in winter, try a heat lamp to use on your organic plants instead.
It is easy to quickly prepare your perennial garden ground. Simply use a spade or small shovel to get under the grass or turf and flip it over. Then, using wood chips, cover the area to a depth of three or four inches. Allow the newly turned soil to sit for two weeks, then plant your perennials.
You’ll save time and energy if you keep tools nearby while working in your garden. Put them into a basket you carry with you, or use an apron with many pockets and hanging loops. A gardener’s tool belt will allow you to keep your gardening gloves and other tools close by while you are working in your garden.
Take your seedlings and saplings to a cooler spot once they are established. Your seedlings should be moved away from any heat source. Take off any plastic that is on the containers to keep away from warmth and moisture. Unless you closely monitor your seedlings, you may not move them in time.
Keep plastic bags handy to cover your muddy gardening shoes. This way, you can get in and out quickly, and get back to work in the garden.
One odd but apparently useful tip for growing organic plants, is to lightly brush your plants with your fingers or a piece of cardboard 1-2 times a day. This will sound a bit strange. However, it has been proven to cause plants to grow larger.
Brick, stone or untreated wood is great for building raised beds. If you choose to use wood, see to it that it’s untreated and that it can resist rotting. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. If you must use treated wood, create a barrier, such as with plastic sheet.
Use mulch to enhance the health of your soil. The mulch acts as a protection for the soil under it. On hot days, mulch insulates the ground, keeping it cool and protecting your plants’ roots. Evaporation will be reduced and the soil will remain moist for longer when you water. This also helps all the weeds you have stay under control, relieving stress from your shoulders.
Try raising organic garlic. It’s best to plant garlic cloves in either spring or fall. Make sure the soil is drained well. The cloves should be planted four inches apart from one another and about one to two inches deep, with their ends pointed up. Green garlic shoots can be cut as they grow, and used in place of chives or scallions. When the bulbs begin turning brown on top, they are ready for harvesting. Place the freshly picked bulbs in the sun, and let them dry and harden for a couple of days. Finally, store the garlic in an area with low temperatures like a pantry, either by themselves or tied into bunches.
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Don’t buy produce that aren’t up to snuff. Use what you’ve read here to get started growing your very own high-quality produce.