Organic fruits and vegetables are both delicious and healthy, far surpassing normal supermarket produce. So instead of purchasing organic produce, why not try growing your own? Read on so you know what it takes to create a thriving organic garden.
Are you a parent? If you are, try planting some strawberries like everbearing strawberries in your garden. Kids delight in the idea of growing things and seeing how things change over time. Explain every step to your child and he or she will hang on to your every word.
One way to encourage an organic garden to be sustainable and healthy is to put aside a section to stay undeveloped, thus encouraging wildlife to approach it. The kind of birds and insects needed for pollination will be naturally present on your property and help with your organic garden.
Indoor plants need an environment that is between 65 and 75 degrees. This level of heat is required in order for plants to grow. If your home isn't that warm during in winter, try a heat lamp to use on your organic plants instead.
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. 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. If you simply must have a plant that has higher requirements for sunlight, you can use indoor UV lamps.
Before planting any perennials, you have to make the ground ready. All you need to do is use a garden spade to slice under the turf, flip it over, then spread wood chips over the area about three to four inches deep. Wait for a few weeks and plant new perennials in this area.
Planted flowers will benefit from organic materials that are built up to as much as three inches. This fights weeds, retains moisture, and gives your garden valuable nutrients. By adding mulch, you can give your flower beds a finished appearance.
You should always take spacing into account when placing plants in your organic garden. You must think of how much room the plants will take up as they grow, and it easy to underestimate this. Beyond just the physical space that the plants will need, you should also consider the airflow that the plants will require. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings.
The simple beer trap is still one of the best methods of ridding your organic garden of slugs. Bury a jar in the garden with it's mouth open and level to the ground. Pour beer into the jar until it's almost full. Leave an inch of space between the beer and the jar top. Slugs will crawl into the jar to get the beer and not be able to get out again.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. Be sure that any wood you use isn't chemically treated, and will be able to resist rot naturally. Some good choices include locust, cypress, and cedar. It is particular important that you don't use treated wood for vegetable beds, as the chemicals and toxins on the wood could leach into the soil and be absorbed by food plants. If you have used treated lumber, line your beds with plastic.
You will no longer have to purchase your produce. Apply what you've learned in this article today, and start growing your own produce.