Holistic lifestyles are starting to become more popular, and people are starting to live more organically. Home grown vegetables, fruits and herbs are in much demand for their more pristine health benefits. If you’d like to grow your own organic plants, read on for some useful tips.
Keep the temperature in your home between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, if you are keeping or growing any kind of plant in your house. Young plants need a temperature within that specific range to grow. If you aren’t wanting your house to be this warm in the winter, you can use a heat lamp on the plants.
Use this simple tip to get your perennial garden ready in a flash. Use a spade to dig into the turf, turn the turf over, then spread the area with approximately three inches of wood chips. Let this sit for a couple weeks, next dig into it to plant your new plants.
Keep your tools handy to work more efficiently. You can keep them in a good sized bucket, or wear utility pants that have plenty of large pockets. Have shears, a trowel, gloves and other commonly used garden tools portable and easy to access.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. A thick layer of mulch will prevent weeds, reduce watering needs and fertilize your garden. Mulch will also improve the general appearance of your flower beds.
Use equal parts dried and green plant material for your own compost. You can use all types of green material in your compost pile, including cut grass, dead flowers, fruit peels and cores, and much more. Dried plant matter, on the other hand, includes shredded paper, used wood chips and straw. Diseased plants, meat and fire-waste like charcoal or ashes should not be placed in your compost pile.
Some advise passing your hand gently over your newly planted seedlings each day. Even though it sounds strange, it will help plants get bigger.
Build raised beds with untreated stone, brick or wood. If using wood, make sure it’s naturally rot resistant and untreated. Good choices are cypress, cedar and locust. Avoid using treated wood since they contain chemicals that could disperse into the soil or the crops. If you are already using treated lumber, you can use plastic liners, or a different barrier, in order to protect your garden.
Add mulch to your garden to improve the vitality of the soil. The mulch acts as a protection for the soil under it. It protects the plant roots, keeping the ground cool on a hot summer day. Evaporation will be reduced and the soil will remain moist for longer when you water. It also is helpful in keeping weeds under control.
Try raising organic garlic. Garlic cloves should be planted in the spring or fall. They require soil that is well-drained and moist. Your goal is to place them around 1 to 2 inches deep, and you want them pointed up, then 4 inches apart. You can cut the green shoots as they are growing and use them in your cooking. When the tops of the bulbs turn brown, they’re ready to harvest. To harden the garlic’s skin after picking, dry the it in the sunlight for a few days. They can be stored in a cool area, either loose or tied in bunches.
The more skills about organic gardening you can learn, gardening will become that much easier for you. Keep in mind that these pointers are simply the tip of the iceberg.