One great way to improve your diet and give yourself a fun an interesting hobby is to plant an organic garden. For best results, however, you need to put in the right amount of effort. This may make you wonder how you can begin to grow your personal organic garden.
If you are growing your organic plants inside of your home or office, it is vital to make sure that the right amount of light reaches them. If you live in a home or apartment that does not get great sunlight you may want to consider growing plants that are designed to grow in low or medium-light environments. If the type of plant does not help, you can always use lights to help.
Water infused with aspirin is great for combating plant disease. You will need 2 gallons of water and one and one half aspirin mixed together for a wonderful add-on to your plants. You can just spray this on them to fight disease. Be sure to repeat this process every two or three weeks.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. While you may not be able to spend a lot of time every day in your garden, even little items done daily will stop the mountain of work from growing. For example, if you are playing in the yard with your child, take a few moments to pull some weeds as well.
Lightly ruffle your seeds by hand or with cardboard, twice daily in your organic garden. While it seems a little odd, it has been reported that this can encourage plant growth.
Indoor plants have been bred over time to thrive in temperatures that are characteristic of a home. Most indoor plants like to be in about 70 degree temperatures, plus or minus 5 degrees. Plants need to be in an environment that is neither too warm nor too cool for them to grow. If this is a little too warm for your house, grow your organic plants under a heat lamp.
Try to use untreated wood, brick or stone and make a raised bed. If you are to use wood, you should make sure that the wood is not treated and is also naturally rot resistant. Good choices are cedar, locust and cypress. In a vegetable garden, never use treated wood, as the chemicals can leach out into the soil and food crops. If your existing garden structure contains treated wood, at least take the time to make a plastic lining beneath the soil.
If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. Using UV lamps is a great way to grow an organic garden anywhere.
Your soil will be healthier if you add mulch. The mulch will protect the soil underneath it. It will keep the soil cool in the summer, which protects the roots. This helps soil keep its moisture by reducing the rate of evaporation. Mulch is also great for controlling weed growth.
Try to avoid letting your organic garden chores build up. Even doing just a few small things each day can keep chores from piling up and eventually becoming unmanageable. This will save you a lot of time in the long run. If you put the dog outside, weed a few spots in the garden while your dog goes to the bathroom.
While any kind of gardening can make you feel as though you’re in tune with nature, organic gardening takes this to the next level. You will be a witness of the growing process of many different plants and understand how a whole ecosystem functions.
Do you want to know how to kill weeds in a natural way? Take newspapers and layer them for controlling weeds. Weeds require sunlight to continue growing. If the weeds have already sprouted, you can place the newspapers over them and they will die due to lack of sunlight. Newspapers break down nicely over time to become part of the compost. Use mulch on the top in order to make everything look attractive.
You may want to grow garlic organically. Garlic cloves should be planted in the spring or fall. They require soil that is well-drained and moist. Space the clove about four inches apart, with the pointy end up and about one or two inches deep. The green shoots can be used as they grow. Use them in place of scallions or chives. When the top turns brown, it is time to harvest the bulbs. Allow the sun to dry out the bulbs for a few days until the skin gets hard. Store the cloves in a cool area. They can be tied or left loose.
As you are aware now, there is homework to be done and energy to be expended in setting up a real organic garden. It is also important to understand that positive results require continued work; your efforts will not be a one time only thing. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic gardening.
Make sure you look at what lies beneath in order to start off on the right foot. After planting tomatoes, for example, you must closely monitor the soil for the first signs of green shoots. Don’t get attached–these hints of green are hiding an underdeveloped root system below the surface of the soil. The reason that these starts will still look green with bad roots is because the seedlings will not grow until the starts are gone.