You want to create a healthy and fresh organic garden. This is the perfect time. The following tips can help you realize your plans for your garden.
To be more efficient when working in your organic garden, have your tools close at hand. For example, you could use an over-sized tote bag or an apron with multiple pockets. Keep all of the tools you use and your gloves handy and will help you work more efficiently.
Have some plastic bags on hand that you can put over your gardening shoes if they are muddy. This lets you be able to return to the garden without interrupting your work.
Believe it or not, pine makes great mulch. Some plants like acidic soil because they have high acidity. When you have any plants like this, it’s very simple to just collect pine needles to use in your bed. Lay a few inches of needles over the beds to allow them to decompose and add some acid to your soil.
Tend your organic garden on a regular schedule. Every time you go outside, you should take care of a few things so that you do not have too much work to do when you have the time to go back to your garden. For example, while your canine is outside going to the toilet, take the time to pull out a few weeds.
Include both green and dry plant refuse in your compost. Green means plant cuttings including grass, produce and weeds. Examples of dried plant material are sawdust, shredded paper, straw, cut-up woody material, and cardboard. Never put meat in your compost or even the waste from your family pets. These can harbor diseases that won’t be killed by the composting process.
You can make a raised bed with untreated wood, brick, or stone. If you are to use wood, you should make sure that the wood is not treated and is also naturally rot resistant. The best varieties include cedar, locust and cypress wood. In order to avoid toxic substances from getting into the ground and perhaps into your vegetables, avoid using treated wood to enclose or demarcate different sections of your vegetable garden. If you have built a bed with treated lumber already, use a barrier such as plastic to line the bed.
Rotate where you plant each type of plant each year. For example, if you usually plant corn in one area of your garden and flowers in another, switch which plant is planted in each section. Planting the same plants in the same place each year can promote the growth of disease and fungus. These harmful elements remain in the soil and can damage the plants you place in that spot the following year. If you change things and plant your garden in a different area, you will have a way to keep fungus at bay.
The growth of organic garlic is simple. It’s best to plant garlic cloves in either spring or fall. Make sure the soil is drained well. Set them four inches apart, approximately one to two inches deep into the soil, with their ends up. Green garlic shoots, which can be cut while growing, can substitute nicely for scallions or chives. Harvest the garlic bulbs when the tops of the plants turn brown. Dry the bulbs well in the sun for several days to harden the skin. Store the dried bulbs loosely or in bunches in a dark, cool area.
Make sure you look at what lies beneath in order to start off on the right foot. Evaluate each tomato and check for green starts, as they generally have bad root systems that impede growth. The lush starts remain on the baby plants for several weeks, crippling their growth until the starts are gone.
You should now feel enthusiastically prepared to enter the relaxing and productive world of organic gardening. You may have thought you were prepared before, but now you will be a veritable expert! Use the advice you have been given to make your organic garden bloom like never before.