Most likely, you have seen organic foods in your local grocery store or read about them in a newspaper. You may not always know which fruits or vegetables are really organic without looking at the packaging or prices. It’s usually easy to identify them by the higher price tag and organic labels. Look at the following advice to learn how to start an organic garden.
Use both biennials and annuals to add color to your flower bed. Your flower beds will look different from one season to another. In addition, you might need something to fill empty spaces in your flower garden. Fill gaps with annuals or biennials. Just make sure the flowers will get enough sun to thrive. The most popular varieties to use include petunia, zinnia, cosmos, snapdragon, marigold, hollyhock, and sunflower.
Plant vines like ivy to cover fences and dividing walls. Many climbers are so robust that they can cover an unattractive wall or fence in a single growing season. They can cover an arbor, or grow through trees and shrubs. Some may need to be attached to a support, and others will attach themselves to any surface using their twining stems or tendrils. Excellent varieties include honeysuckle, wisteria, jasmine, climbing roses and clematis.
Make sure your soil is healthy enough before you start planting anything. There are soil testing services that can analyze a garden’s soil content for a small charge. With those results, it’s then possible to refine and supplement the soil to make it as fertile as possible. Many offices of Cooperative Extension will do a soil analysis, and it is important to know how to improve soil so that all crops can grow in it.
Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is essential to the growth of plants because of its role in photosynthesis. When exposed to high levels of CO2, most types of plants will grow better. The best way to expose your plants to a high level of carbon dioxide is by growing them in a greenhouse. CO2 levels are best kept high, in order to provide optimal growing conditions for your plants.
Be sure to weed your garden. If you’re not careful, weeds can take over your beautiful garden, ruining it. To help with weed destruction, use white vinegar. White vinegar kills weeds. Keep a solution of vinegar diluted with water on hand to spray on weeds.
Protect your delicate deciduous shrubs from harsh elements. Shrubs that are planted in containers are especially susceptible to frost and must be carefully protected. The tops should be tied together, and the wigwam should be loosely covered with a sheet or blanket. This is a much better method, instead of putting the plastic wrap around the plant. It allows proper air circulation that can prevent rotting.
Take the time to place organic mulch in the area around your vegetable plants. The mulch will add beneficial moisture to your soil. It will also dramatically decrease weed growth. This will save you a ton of time and work.
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.