You are ready to grow a healthy organic garden. You have certainly come to the right place! Listed below are some tips that will help you get started with your organic gardening aspirations.
If you live in the city, you can still reap the benefits of organic gardening through container gardening. Herbs especially will thrive in indoor pots, as long as they are large enough. Container gardening can be easier than outdoor gardening when going organic, as there is less risk of exposure to insect pests or weeds.
The ideal temperature to set your thermostat for indoor plants is between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit during the daylight hours. This is the optimum temperature to ensure strong growth. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead.
By adding a nice layer of bio-degradable material (mulch) around your plants, you can utilize the natural pest-fighting ability within the mulch to stop predators to your plants. By putting a one to two inch layer around your plants, you are also adding a source of nutrients and a source of water.
When watering your garden, consider a soaker hose instead of using a hose or watering can. If you turn the soaker hoses pressure onto low, you can leave your water on for hours which will allow a part of your garden to be slowly irrigated. This can provide you with time to do other things.
Plant synergistically. To naturally repel pests, plant marigolds near nematode-sensitive crops like tomatoes and potatoes. To improve growth, plant legumes near plants that can benefit from the nitrogen they produce. Intersperse pungent plants like herbs and onions, whose scent can repel bugs and animals, with other unscented vegetables.
Although there are many organic weed killers available on the market, it is often best and a real money saver to pull weeds by hand. If you keep up with it regularly, you can easily pull weeds before their roots are established. Wear gloves and be sure to pull out both the foliage and roots.
Add mulch for healthy soil. Mulch will protect and nourish the soil. The soil will stay cool in high heat, preventing damage to the roots. Mulch also slows the rate at which water evaporates, which improves your soil’s ability to retain moisture. It is also very good at controlling the weeds.
After reading these tips, you shouldn’t have many questions about organic gardening. If you thought that you were ready before, well you should now be an expert! The above tips should help you begin growing an organic garden that is beautiful and healthy.