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. Home grown vegetables, fruits and herbs are in much demand for their more pristine health benefits. Read on to glean some new organic ideas in the following article.
The handles on your gardening tools can be used as a convenient measuring instrument. It is possible to utilize tools with long handles, such as rakes, hoes and shovels, as measuring sticks. After laying the handles on the floor, run the measuring tape along beside them. Use a permanent marker to label distances. The next time you find yourself in your garden, you will have one large ruler right at your fingertips.
Keeping your garden soil rich and healthy is the best way to discourage garden pests. Healthier plants are greater in strength and resistance to illness and insects. High-quality soil that is low on chemicals is key. It’s the first thing you should think about when planning on growing your garden.
For the right results, get the right type of soil. Depending on the type of plants you desire in your garden, your natural soil may or may not be appropriate. It’s also possible to make a fabricated area that contains only one type of soil.
Before you even place the first plant in your garden, you need to check the composition of your soil. 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. 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.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. This allows the vegetables to grow quickly and healthily. This is true for flowers as well.
Take extra care of any fragile shrubs that are known to drop their leaves in the autumn. Tender shrubs are very sensitive to cold weather, especially those that are planted in pots. Tie together the tops, and then use a sheet or blanket to cover the wigwam loosely. This method is superior to covering plants in plastic, because air can freely circulate, which prevents rotting.
An excellent garden shouldn’t begin from plants. They should begin from seeds. As a green-friendly gardener, you always want to use seeds to start your new plot. The plastic used in nurseries often end up in landfills, that is why it is advised to use seeds or purchase from nurseries that make use of organic materials when packaging their plants.
Irrigate your garden efficiently. Take advantage of a soaker hose so that you don’t need to water every single plant individually, or have to keep filling up your watering can. Use low water pressure with your soaker hose so that the force of the water does not harm sprouts and seedlings. Letting the soaker hose do the work frees you up to turn your attention elsewhere.
Water containing some aspirin helps your plants fight illness. Dissolve three aspirin in four gallons of water. Help your plants to fight disease by spraying them with the aspirin water. Use this method to spray your plants every three weeks.
The more you know about organic gardening, the easier your gardening will be. Remember that these tips are only the starting point.