You probably know quite a bit about organic foods, whether you have read about them, or noticed them at your local supermarket. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. They have special packaging and cost a fortune. Read on to learn some great tips about how to start an organic garden of your own and yield some amazing and healthy foods for your dinner table.
Consider growing wheat grass or cat grass near the plants your cat enjoys eating. You could also place mothballs and citrus peels around your plants to keep your cat away.
Garden vegetables should be planted in areas of the ground that receive a minimum of six hours of daily sunlight. Most members of the vegetable family need this minimum of light for proper growth. It’s also the same for some types of flowers.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. If the temperature drops below 50 degrees, you should consider protecting them, especially if they do best in warm environments. First tie together the tops; then take a sheet or blanket and loosely shroud the wigwam. People sometimes use plastic to wrap their plants, but plastic can cause the plants to rot because it impedes air circulation.
Make sure air can circulate around your plants, and keep leaves moisture-free. Moisture on the surface of a plant can attract parasites, and cause disease. One common organism that thrives on moisture is the fungi family. You can control fungi with the application of fungicide sprays. However, the area should be treated before you see the onset of any problems.
Are you one of the millions who loves some fresh mint leaves, yet you absolutely hate the way they tend to take over any garden they are planted within? Keep your mint growth under control by planting them in pots and/or garden containers. The container can be planted in the ground, and it will still prevent the plant from dominating the garden.
Place organic mulch close to your vegetables. The organic mulch will keep moisture in the soil for a little longer. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. This will save you a ton of time and work.
To help them out, try poring leftover water from steamed vegetables on them. Try adding used coffee grounds to the soil around plants that grow in acidic soil. If you find that you have a fungus problem, try sprinkling some chamomile tea on your plants.
Garden for fall colors. That idea is actually far from the truth. The fall season is probably the most colorful of the year in terms of foliage. There are a number of trees that provide exuberant displays of color, such as Dogwood, Beech and Maple. Shrubs such as cotoneaster, hydrangea, and barberry will also provide a splash of color in the fall.
The warmth of the day can make vegetables soft, making them more prone to damage as you pick them. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.
Your children can help you with your garden. Gardening helps your children learn about biological processes and serves as a social activity that helps the family grow closer while eating healthier.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.