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Chances are you have probably heard about or seen organic foods in your local grocery store. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Read this article to learn how to create your very own organic garden.
You can fertilize your organic garden with homemade compost. An easy way to start creating compost is to start a small worm bin for composting. Place red wiggler worms inside your bin accompanied with dirt, kitchen scraps and shreds of newspaper.
To get the most from your composting efforts, aim for a 1:1 ratio of dried materials and green plant products. Green plant material can include old flowers, fruit waste, grass clippings, vegetable waste, and leaves. Dried plant matter, on the other hand, includes shredded paper, used wood chips and straw. Charcoal, meat, ashes or other diseased plants should not be included in a compost pile.
As you prepare to plant shrubs and trees in the organic garden, make sure your holes are rough, not smooth. If you see that the sides of the hole appear shiny, you’ve probably packed the dirt to tight, which can interfere with the roots.
To mulch, trees and flowers, use a minimum of three inches of organic material. This aids in environmental conservation and also saves you serious money on water each month. It is also visually appealing, creating a nice border around your plants.
Over-watering can essentially drown the roots of plants, making them unable to grow well. You should always check the weather forecast, in advance, for chances of rainfall before you water the plants. You may want to skip the watering during a day that will receive significant rainfall.
An organic garden is a suitable home for practically any kind of plant. The diversity of what is available is almost overwhelming. Most acid-loving plants really thrive in mulch. Mulch these acid-loving plants using pine needle-based mulch around September or October. When pine needles break down, they fortify the soil with their natural acids.
Try raising organic garlic. Garlic cloves should be planted in the spring or fall. They require soil that is well-drained and moist. Plant individual cloves pointed end up approximately two inches deep and four inches apart. While they are growing and still green, the shoots can be used like scallions or chives. Harvest the garlic bulbs when the tops of the plants turn brown. Leave the bulbs out to dry and exposed to the sun for a few days so that the skin hardens a bit. Store them somewhere cool, in tied bunches or loose.
Adding some biodiversity to your garden, can really help you get the most from your gardening efforts. When you have a bigger variety of plants, you also attract different wildlife as well. To create a more natural environment, plant many different kinds of plants. If you can manage this, the garden will be the perfect place to relax, and you’ll have done a little something for the environment.
Think carefully about any product you buy to use in your garden. Use organic or natural alternatives in the place of the typical chemical fertilizers. Compost is a great example. Inorganic fertilizers can cause toxic chemicals to buildup. That’s why it’s best to use an organic method.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.
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