You are ready to grow a healthy organic garden. It’s the perfect time to begin! Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.
Check your soil before you begin planting your garden. Soil analysis costs a little money, but the report can inform you how to enrich your soil and open the door to a lush garden. Many Cooperative Extension offices will provide this service, and it is well worth knowing exactly what the soil needs to avoid ruining a crop or two.
Plants need a sufficient amount of CO2 for proper maximum growth. The majority of plants thrive when they are exposed to a high level of carbon dioxide. The best way to get higher CO2 for your plants is to grow them in a greenhouse. Higher CO2 levels can provide optimal conditions for growing plants.
Bulbs planted in the spring can flower all the way into summer. Bulbs are generally very simple to grow and hearty, as well; they will continue to grow for years. Choose from the variety of bulbs that bloom at various times of the growing season for a garden of color all spring and summer long.
Plan your garden before you plant it. This will help you to remember where you planted the different plants when sprouts begin to shoot up from the ground. The plan will also help you keep track of your more diminutive plants and smaller groups that could otherwise become lost among a sea of larger plantings.
Do you want fresh mint leaves without having to worry about them growing too quickly? Instead of planting mint in your garden, keep it in a large container or pot to prevent it from spreading. The container will keep the roots from spreading throughout you garden, and prevent the mint leaves from sprouting in other areas.
Fertilizing is an important step in preparing your garden soil. Choose commercial compost instead of homegrown manure to keep toxins out of your plants. You must be sure to use some kind of fertilizer. There are many different combinations available for different uses.
Remember to place a layer of mulch over the soil around your vegetables, approximately 2 inches deep. The mulch will keep the soil around the plants moist a little longer. This method will also prevent weeds. That helps you save a great deal of effort and time in weed eradication.
Use only pesticides designed to kill the specific type of pest in your garden, and avoid the broad-spectrum kind. This particular type of pesticide will also kill the useful insects that consume the pests. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to toxic pesticides than their annoying counterparts, so a broad-spectrum pesticide could kill all of the good bugs first, allowing the population of bad pests to multiply. This can cause you to use an additional amount of pesticides in order to attempt to fix this problem.
Use common sense when watering your garden. Use a type of soaker hose so that you don’t need to do individual waterings with the hose nozzle, or be refilling a watering can constantly. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Let it water your garden for a few hours, so you’re available to do other stuff.
You will now be better prepared as you start pursuing organic gardening. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. These tips should get you started, and with some ideas of your own, you should have a thriving, beautiful garden in no time.