An organic garden can be an essential part of a healthy diet, but understanding it and buying the right equipment can be tricky. There are also other other considerations, like the optimal soil for a garden and the right seeds. The following tips will help you make the most of your organic garden.
Turn the handles of tools you have on hand into rulers to make measurements in your garden. Tools with long handles, such as shovels, hoes and rakes can be made into measuring sticks. Measure the handles with a tape measure laid out in the floor. Label the distances on the handle with a marker pen that will not smear or fade away. When you are gardening next, you’ll have a ruler beside you at all times.
When you’re out and about in the garden, particularly in the fall, keep an eye out for sink bugs. Stink bugs like to eat beans, peppers, tomatoes, and all sorts of fruit. If you don’t take care of them, they can decimate your garden, so it’s best to do all you can to get rid of them.
Remove your garden’s weeds! Those nasty weeds can turn your beautiful garden into a scruffy version of its former self. White vinegar can be a good solution. White vinegar will kill those pesky weeds. By placing a white vinegar solution in a spray bottle, you can spray the weeds away instead of having to pull them out manually.
Shelter your deciduous shrubs. Shrubs in pots especially need special care in the colder weather. Tie the tops tightly together, and cover the wigwam with a sheet or blanket draped loosely over it. Using fabric, rather than plastic, allows air circulation and prevents rotting from moisture build up.
Try to ensure your plants are dry and have enough air, daily! Moisture on the surfaces of your plants is an invitation to pests and illness. Fungi is the most common parasite for plants. Be sure to prevent the growth of fungus with a spray that will inhibit their growth.
Use natural pest control when possible. Planting marigolds or onions around the border of your vegetable garden will help repel slugs. You can also mulch around trees and shrubs with wood ash, which drives away insects. Using these natural methods will reduce the need for potentially harmful chemical pesticides.
Involve your children in gardening. You can provide a good learning experience that your children can appreciate the more they learn on how to grow healthy produce.
A good tip to help your plants stay healthy and fight diseases is to use aspirin water. An aspirin and a half, combined with a couple of gallons of water, will do amazing things for your plants. Help your plants to fight disease by spraying them with the aspirin water. Plants should be sprayed once every two to three weeks.
The importance of organic food in your diet cannot be understated, although achieving this in your own backyard can be challenging. Use what you learned above to help your whole family prosper with great nutritional food that you grow in your very own organic garden.