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. There is a diversity of seeds that are suitable for organic gardening as well. The following tips will help you make the most of your organic garden.
So you don’t shock the plants, you should gradually get them use to a change in the temperature and conditions. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. Over a period of several days, slowly increase the time they are allowed to stay outside. After one week, the plants should be fully acclimated and ready to move outside.
Consider planting slug-proof perennials. A particularly vulnerable plant can be killed by snails and slugs overnight. These garden vermin prefer plants with tender, herbaceous stems and leaves, particularly seedlings and young plants. Certain perennials are unappetizing to slugs and snails, especially those with tough, hairy leaves or an unappetizing taste. Examples of these include euphorbia, hellebourus and achillea. Others you may want to consider are campanula and heuchera.
Use annuals and biennials to enliven your flower beds. These flowers grow quickly and can be planted at any time during the year. If you want to maintain a flower garden all year or you want to add new flowers to reflect the changing seasons, annuals and biennials are for you. Use them to fill gaps between shrubs and perennials in the sun. You should get varieties such as cosmos, petunia, rudbeckia, hollyhock, sunflowers or marigold.
Before actually putting plants into your garden, check the type and compostion of your soil. A soil analysis report can be acquired for a nominal fee. You can then use the results of that report to determine if the soil needs to be modified before you begin planting. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
An excellent garden shouldn’t begin from plants. They should begin from seeds. The most “green” way to create a new garden is starting from seeds. Most nurseries use plastic containers to grow seedling. This plastic is seldom recycled, so most is dumped in landfills. Be kind to the environment and start your garden with seeds or purchase young plants from nurseries that use organic packaging materials.
If you are planning on growing peas, start them indoors before putting them outdoors in your garden. If you plant them inside, they might germinate more effectively. The seedling may also be hardier, which means that they can better resist disease and attacks from pests. When these pea plants are sturdy, you can place them outside in your garden.
As discussed earlier, there are many benefits to growing your garden with natural and organic methods. This opens up a world of possibilities for your flowers, vegetables and herbs. Applying the advice of this article will hopefully help you cultivate a successful organic garden to fortify the healthy diet of your family.