The trend toward organic foods has gradually escalated to become more of a movement; a permanent shift in the way we think about the foods that we put into our bodies. People living this type of lifestyle typically need to grow herbs and other plants to experience the health benefits, and they have to be grown organically. Read up on some great organic tips below.
Healthy soil will also assist in your battle against pests. Healthier plants are stronger, which in turn can help the plants you grow to become more resistant to disease and bugs that can harm them. You want to cultivate quality soil with adequate salt levels, which leads to healthy plants.
Sometimes the soil you want to use for your garden has a high alkaline content. Combine coffee grounds with the soil to reduce this. Coffee grounds add acidity to the soil and are very cheap. The right soil will make your vegetables taste better and make your flowers more vibrant and aromatic.
Purchase a wheelbarrow, and a kneeling stool to use in your garden. Spending a lot of time near the ground working is very hard on the knees, so a lightweight and portable garden stool will make gardening more comfortable. Gardening also usually requires that you transport heavy loads, such as dirt or mulch, and a wheelbarrow will make this much easier to do.
Familiarize yourself with the optimum harvesting time of your vegetables. Different veggies have different windows of time in which they should be picked; it is during this period that the vegetable is most flavorful. For instance, for the best flavor, zucchini and baby peas should be picked when they are young. The opposite is true of tomatoes. They taste their best if you allow them to ripen on the vine as long as possible. Take the time to learn when your produce will be at its best for harvesting.
Broad-spectrum pesticides should be avoided in your garden. Broad-spectrum pesticides not only kill pests, but also “good” bugs like ground beetles that eat pests. The beneficial insects, which kill the pests, are much more sensitive to pesticides than the pests. Using them will reduce your population of good bugs, and increase the bad. This will cause a cycle to start where you will need to keep increasing the amount of pesticide you are using.
Some people use gardening as a source of relaxation. There are numerous ways to seek personal comfort and peace. Gardening on a sunday afternoon is a simple method of making this happen. There are numerous returns based on a very small monetary investment. Of course the highest return is the peace you will feel from having some time alone in your garden and growing your own plants.
Select a specific type of plant to be the focal point of your garden. The best garden designers always use a focal point that draws the eye. More often than not, it is a plant that is distinctively different from its neighbors.
If you plant heather in your garden, you will attract insects that are beneficial. Bees like heather, and they get their nectar from it early in the spring. Spiders, ground beetles and other useful insects are drawn to heather beds because they don’t tend to get jostled around. For this reason, you should always remember to put on your gardening gloves when tending to your heather.
The more you know about the ins and outs of organic gardening, the more effective you’ll be. The tips you have read here are just the beginning.