Organic produce is both nutritious and tasty, far surpassing the typical supermarket selection of fruits and vegetables. So instead of purchasing organic produce, why not try growing your own? Read on so you know what it takes to create a thriving organic garden.
To keep your plants from getting shocked, you need to gradually introduce them to changes in temperature and conditions. On the first day, put them out in sunlight for about an hour or so. Slowly, day after day, you can leave your plants outside for a little longer. If you do this correctly, the plants should be able to make their final move at the end of a week’s time.
The handles of your tools can double as clever rulers. Handles of things such as rakes, hoes or shovels make excellent measuring instruments. Place the handles on the ground and measure them. Label the distances with a permanent marker. Now when you go garden the next time, you’ll have a giant ruler at your command.
Plant a variety of annuals, biennials and perennials to keep your flower beds bright. 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. You can fill any spaces between shrubs and perennials when they are in the sun. There are many flowers you can plant in these gaps. Try marigolds, petunias or sunflowers for a brighter garden.
You do not need store-bought chemical treatments for plant mildew. All you need to do is mix baking soda with a tiny bit of liquid soap in with some water. Once a week, spray this on plants to eliminate the mildew. Your plants will not be harmed by the baking soda, but the mildew will definitely not like it!
Remove your garden’s weeds! Weeds can take over a healthy garden faster than you think. A great way to get rid of them is to use white vinegar. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. Apply it full strength to any areas where weeds are a problem.
If you decide to grow peas, think about planting them indoors when you first start them off, as opposed to planting them outdoors. If you plant them inside, they might germinate more effectively. You will also have hardy seedlings that will be able to resist disease and pests much better. Once the seedlings are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their rightful place in the garden.
Try placing evergreens that grow berries around your garden. The berries will provide a boost of color to your backyard, even during the colder months when most of the other vegetation has been drained of their color. There is quite a variety of plants that will give your garden a splash of color during winter, including the American Cranberrybush, American Holly, Common Snowberry or Winterberry.
You should get a wheelbarrow and a kneeling stool for garden work. Gardening can be very tough on the knees as you spend much time leaning near the ground, so a portable stool can make all the difference to your comfort. Horticulture also typically involves transporting bags of topsoil, fertilizer and other heavy items, so using a wheelbarrow to make these tasks easier is a sound investment for your garden, and your back.
Preparing the soil for your perennial garden is easy. It isn’t as hard as it may seem; you basically just slice down under the turf, flip it over, and spread wood chips four to three inches. Allow a few weeks to pass by before you dig down into the applied soil.
Don’t buy produce that aren’t up to snuff. If you follow the advice that you have just read, you will be on your way to an even greener thumb!