You are ready to grow a healthy organic garden. The time to do it is now. Below are some excellent ideas to help you begin down the road to an exceptional organic garden.
To prevent your plants’ systems from becoming shocked, you need to gradually transition them from higher to lower temperatures. Put them outdoors in the sun for no more than two hours the first day. After a week, leave your plants outside for twice as long. By the weekend, the plants can make that big move without a problem!
If you have any mildew on the plants, do not go out and buy anything. Mix a solution of baking soda, water, and a tiny bit of dishwashing liquid. Spray the mixture on the plants once every seven days or so until you no longer see the mildew. This method is not going to cause any damages to your plants and the mildew will go away slowly.
To achieve the best growing results, plants need sufficient carbon dioxide. Plants are more likely to thrive in environments where high levels of CO2 are present. A greenhouse is the best way to create an environment rich in CO2. In this environment, the CO2 levels are kept high so the plants can experience optimal growing conditions.
Grow some wheat grass or cat grass next to the plants your cat seems to prefer. Another option is to place offensively smelling objects on the topsoil near and around the plants you want to protect. Citrus peels or mothballs are a couple of examples.
Protect the soil around your vegetable plants with an inch or two of organic mulch. Mulch helps the soil surrounding the plants remain moister for a longer time. Mulch will help a lot in preventing weeds from growing. You’ll save a ton of time if you don’t have to constantly pull out weeds.
When gardening, avoid the use of strong broad-spectrum pesticides. These pesticides will kill every type of pest in your garden, including beneficial bugs that eat garden pests. Useful insects are more sensitive to these pesticides than the pests, so by killing them, you could be growing your pest population. This might result in you having to use even more pesticides to get rid of the pests.
Use a plant for a focal point. Gardens are like art; you need to give the piece (or garden) an initial focal point. In most cases, an original plant makes a good focal point.
The flesh of vegetables gets soft in the heat of the day, making them especially vulnerable to inadvertent damage with even the gentlest picking. Cut vegetables to remove them from vines rather than twisting and pulling them. Twisting vegetables off vines damages them.
Let your children be involved in your organic gardening efforts. Children will benefit from the fresh air while bonding with you in your efforts to provide healthier food alternatives for them.
Water infused with aspirin is great for combating plant disease. Dissolve three aspirin in four gallons of water. Then spray your plants with this mixture to stave off diseases. Give your plants a spray of the aspirin-water mixture about one time every three weeks.
Now you know a bit more about what you are doing in starting an organic garden. Even veteran organic gardeners might have learned a thing or two. The above tips should help you begin growing an organic garden that is beautiful and healthy.