Growing your own organic fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money and adopt a healthier diet, but it also requires efforts from you. As well, there are a lot of choices when it comes to seeds. Here are a few tips and techniques you can use to get started in your own organic garden.
Plants that result in a larger yield should be higher on your priority list when planning the garden. If yield is important, choose hybrids designed to resist cold and diseases rather than traditional varieties.
Healthy soil will be your best defense against the pests that can invade your garden. If you create healthy plants, they are going to be stronger and therefore, less likely to succumb to diseases and insects. If you want to get the best plants, begin with a soil that has hardly any chemicals, and that will bring salts.
As fall arrives, it is the time to prepare for planting fall edibles. If you want to find an interesting container for your lettuce or kale, try a pumpkin! Hollow out the pumpkin and spray with Wilt-Pruf to prevent rot. When this is finished, you are now ready to plant.
As you cut your grass, do not trim it too low to the ground. By leaving your grass a little higher off the ground, it give the roots a chance to grow deep into the soil which makes the lawn stronger, and that helps keep it from drying out. Short grass means short roots and dead grass.
Come up with a gardening plan before planting anything. It will be easy to remember where each plant is when sprouts start to shoot up the following spring. It can also keep you from planting any of your garden favorites too close to each other.
Tender deciduous shrubs are very fragile, so protect them. Cold weather significantly affects these plants, especially if they are in pots. Tie the canes together, and drape a sheet or blanket over the top of the wigwam. Covering your foliage in plastic will let the air in – and may lead to decay.
Instead of leaving clumps of irises intact, divide them so that your flowers can grow in a more healthy manner. If you split up clumps of them, you will eventually have more of this flower. After the foliage dies, pick up bulbous irises. You will be able to split the bulb easily and replant it to get more flowers next year. If you have a rhizome you will need to split it with a knife. Cut healthy pieces from the root stalk and throw out the dead center. Don’t plant any pieces that don’t have any strong offshoots. Immediately replant all your selected cuttings.
As stated, organic gardening, and understanding the choices you have in terms of plants, can greatly affect your present and future dietary choices. Start with the tips above to grow the best possible organic garden for your family.