One great way to improve your diet and give yourself a fun an interesting hobby is to plant an organic garden. Growing an organic garden does take some planning, though. This may make you wonder how you can begin to grow your personal organic garden.
Your plants need to adapt and must be gradually introduced to changes in temperature or condition. Put them in the sun outside for a couple of hours during the first day. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. After a week’s time, the plants should be fine staying outside.
It is important to do your homework so you choose plants that produce higher yields. Normally, hybrid plants that are disease-resistant and cold-tolerant have a greater yield than traditional varieties.
Your soil needs to be of good quality before you start a garden. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. Ask about this service at a local university or the county Cooperative Extension office to improve the soil and insure fruitful crops.
For showy flowers throughout the spring and summer, plant plenty of bulbs. Bulbs are one of the easiest plants to grow and are hardy perennials that return each year. Different bulbs will bloom during different time periods. Therefore, if you select your bulbs correctly, you could have blooms in your garden for all of spring and summer.
When fall has arrived, it is time to plant the edibles for the autumn. A pumpkin makes a great container, and costs less than a clay pot. First, cut out the pumpkin’s top layer and remove the seeds. Then, spray some Wilt-Pruf on the insides to prevent the rot that would follow otherwise. Once this is done, you are ready to plant!
Carefully read and follow the instructions that come with your chemicals and tools, especially when you’re just starting to garden. You might end up damaging your plants or getting a skin irritation. Directions, especially safety rules, are there for your own good, so make sure you follow instructions on your tools and chemicals to the letter.
When gardening, try not to use broad-spectrum pesticides. It’s true these pesticides kill the pests you don’t want, but they also lay waste to the advantageous insects that make those same pests a regular meal. Good bugs are often more sensitive to pesticides than their bad counterparts, so if the population of good bugs goes down, the pest problem can grow. When this happens, you will spray another round of pesticides to get rid of the pests, thus creating a never-ending cycle for yourself.
Select a specific type of plant to be the focal point of your garden. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. It can be anything, but oftentimes a plant that stands out from its neighbors will do the trick.
If you plan to raise organic plants inside, you need to think about how much light they will get. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. If your plants still need more light, there are always artificial light sources that you can use.
As has been outlined in the above article, you need to research all about organic gardening, and know that it will take a lot of work and effort in order to grow organic plants of your own. It is very true, as well, that to see results, you must stick with it. Keep the above advice at hand and you too can excel with organic horticulture.