Growing your own organic garden can really give you a nutritional boost to your diet, but knowing what it takes can be difficult. There are a multitude of seeds and starter plants available. Read on for a handful of tips and tricks for nurturing your garden with an organic approach.
Many times when digging in clay soil the clay will adhere to the shovel, which will make it much harder to dig. Make your shoveling job easier by lightly coating a shovel with a layer of wax, then buffing the surface. Either car wax or floor wax will work just fine. The clay will slide off of its surface and it will prevent rust.
Find some plants that will give you a higher yield. A plant that is resistant to disease, or one that is tolerant of extreme weather, will deliver a higher yield.
Before you plant anything in your garden, have the soil checked. Consider getting a soil analysis and working on enrichment techniques for giving your garden a vibrant and healthy environment. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Don’t use broad-spectrum pesticidal products anywhere in your gardening area. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. In fact, beneficial insects are more likely to die than pests if you spray these types of pesticides. As the population of “good” bugs dwindles, your garden may become overrun with pests. This can result in your using more pesticides to eradicate the problem.
Spray old aftershave, perfume, or scented products around the grass of your garden to prevent your dog from entering it. This helps mask the attractive scents and can make your garden unappealing to them.
Prevent damage from the sun by making sure you dress correctly whenever you go outside to garden. Sunglasses, a nice shady hat, and sunscreen are very helpful. When you keep your eyes and skin properly protected, you are less likely to get a sunburn. You also lower your risk in developing cancer of the skin.
Make sure you have your gardening tools near you, so you can maximize your gardening efficiency. You have several options including using a bucket to hold your tools or wearing pants with lots of sturdy pockets. Keep your trowel, pruning shears and gloves handy so you can do your garden work quickly and easily.
In conclusion, organic gardening can be a critical component of fulfilling your dietary goals. The knowledge that you gain from this pursuit is fulfilling in itself. Following the above tips is a very good starting place to successfully grow an organic garden for you and your family.