Growing organic vegetables and fruits is both healthy and delicious and much better than produce you can get at the supermarket. You can grow your own produce instead of heading to the supermarket. This article will show you how to plan an organic garden right in your own yard.
Preparing a plot for planting a perennial garden can be done quickly and without difficulty. It isn’t as hard as it may seem; you basically just slice down under the turf, flip it over, and spread wood chips four to three inches. Give this area at least a few weeks, then you can dig into the area and plant the new perennials.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. This will discourage weeds from growing, add nutrients, and retain the moisture in your garden. This will also give a nice, professional appearance to your garden all year.
Do not underestimate pine as great mulch. Some plants need acidic soil to grow properly, because of their own acid content. There is no better, or easier, way to make your acid-loving plants happy then to use pine needles you already have on your beds. If you spread a few inches of pine needles around your garden beds, when they break down, the acid they contain will leach into the soil.
Don’t let the chores for your organic garden pile up. No matter what your schedule is like, you should be able to fit in small things that will help you avoid having an overwhelming amount of work all at once. Take the time to do a little weeding or something else that needs to be done each time you have to be outside keeping an eye on your dog, which for some can be several times a day.
Use an aged laundry basket when you want to collect your produce. This type of basket can double as a large colander for the fruits and vegetables you pick. After you have rinsed your produce in the laundry basket, the water will just drain right out the sides.
One unusual tip in organic gardening, is to “pet” your seedlings often. Use your hands or a piece of cardboard and lightly ruffle the seedling about one or two times a day. However odd this may sound, research shows that this touching encourages seedlings to grow better than they would without touching.
If slugs are problematic in your garden, you can use an all-natural beer trap to do away with them. Place a jar into the soil so that the top of it’s mouth rests parallel with the soil. 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.
A raised bed can be built with untreated wood, brick or stone. If you choose wood, it needs to be naturally rot resistant and untreated. Cypress, locust and cedar usually work best. Take care to avoid wood that has been chemically treated when your garden will hold vegetables, since unknown substances in the wood can make their way into your future food. If you have to use treated wood, you should line it with a bit of plastic to create a barrier.
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Stop purchasing pesticide sprayed, genetically modified produce. Use the advice in this article and you can start growing your own organic produce.