You probably have friends who claim to eat only organic, or maybe you’ve seen these items in the store. It’s easy to tell which items are certified organic by the USDA. You can see it on their labels, as well as in their higher prices. Review the ideas in this piece and see how you can have an organic garden in your own backyard.
Grow your own organic tomatoes easily. Tomatoes love light, so choose a spot that gets sun all day long. Allow space between your tomato plants to reduce the chance of soil diseases that will affect your crop. If you buy seedlings instead of sprouting your own, stay away from small seedlings with poorly developed root systems; they will take weeks to show any real growth.
You should keep your seeds damp without drowning them in water. Spray water over the soil to keep it moist, and place the pots or trays in which you have your seeds in water so that the soil can absorb the water. Make sure you replace the water in which your pots are standing regularly.
Do not get rid of weeds by pulling them. This takes you a lot of time and they might grow back. If you notice an area with a lot of weeds, take a shovel and dig under it. Turn the soil over so that the weeds feed your seeds like manure would.
If you have a compost pile, but have very few leaves to add to it this fall, try incorporating straw or hay into your compost pile. This is a great way to add carbon which is very beneficial to the growth and health of plants. The straw and hay may contain seeds, so it is best to use an organic weed spray on your compost pile to get rid of the unwanted weeds.
An old laundry basket makes a great way to gather your harvest. The laundry basket is a perfect strainer for any produce run off. You can rinse your produce off while it is in the basket, and the excess water will strain through the holes of your laundry basket.
If you are preparing to move your indoor organic garden outdoors, a great tip is to start preparing your plants one week ahead of time. Move them to a shaded area in your home for a few hours on a warm day. Your aim is to gradually increase your plants’ exposure to light. Then, leave them outside overnight at the end of the week. This will ensure your plants survival.
If you follow proper organic growing conditions you may find that you are better able to market your produce at the local fruit stands and farmer’s markets. Organic produce is very popular now because people are beginning to see all the health benefits of eating an organic whole food diet.
Create a raised bed for your garden out of stone, bricks or untreated wood. Any wood you use needs to be untreated and resistant to rot. Some good choices you might consider are locust, cedar, and cypress. If you use your garden to grow vegetables, avoid using wood that has been treated with chemicals. These toxic chemicals may seep into the soil, damaging your crops. If you must use treated wood, consider using a liner to keep chemicals out of the soil.
Growing your garden at home might not be the most convenient thing for you, but you will save a lot of money and always have the confidence that what you’re eating and feeding your family is as fresh and as healthy as possible. Use the tips you’ve learned here and get started on your garden today.