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.
Put sod down the right way. Your soil should be prepared before you lay the sod. Pull out any weeds and break up the soil. Make sure your soil is flat and compacted. Make sure the soil is thoroughly moist. The sod should be laid in staggered rows, with the joints offset from one another. After the sod has been flattened to an even surface, you can use soil to fill any remaining gaps. For the best results, you need to water the sod every day for a two week period. After this time the sod will have rooted into the soil and can be now walked on.
Your plants should always be kept in an aerated, dry area. Excess moisture on a plant will invite unwanted parasites or diseases to the plant. Fungus is a common problem when plants are allowed to remain damp. Sprays and liquids exist that are perfect for killing the fungi, but be sure you use it on the area before the fungi actually appear.
Many people delight in the taste of fresh mint leaves, but become frustrated when the plant spreads wildly. You can slow down this growth by planting them inside a pot or container! If you prefer, you can even place the container in the ground, but the pot’s walls will prevent the mint from spreading and being a nuisance in your garden.
The nutrients from vegetables can help. If you steam your vegetables, you can pour the remaining water around them. Used teabags or grounds from coffee are a great way to add acid to the soil. Chamomile tea is a natural way to rid your plants of a persistent fungus.
Make sure your pesticides are focused on only what you’re trying to kill. While broad-spectrum pesticides will kill most pests, they will also kill helpful insects. Beneficial bugs usually have more sensitivity towards pesticides than bad ones. Therefore, if the number of beneficial bugs drops, the problem with pests can get bigger. In the end, you may resort to using even more pesticides in order to erase the problem.
Use care when you are watering the garden. Soaker hoses save time by watering all of your plants at once, rather than individually with a standard hose or watering can. Keep the water running slowly so it doesn’t spray up onto the plants’ leaves. You can take care of other tasks or just relax while your plants are automatically watered for an hour or so.
As you have learned, having an organic garden is an important factor in healthy dietary habits, as is a thorough understanding of the many plants you can choose from. Apply the tips you just read to start your garden to save money and eat healthier foods.