You have probably heard about organic food and perhaps purchased some. It’s important to know which products are organic and which are not. They are usually packaged differently and often are marked up considerably. In this article, we will offer your some essential gardening tips that can help you to save more by growing organic products at home.
Organic gardening is a safe hobby to share with your children. A garden can provide a wonderful learning experience for children, and will give you an opportunity to bond with them while you produce healthy food.
If you have a high priority for sustainability in your organic gardening, try leaving a corner of the property undeveloped as a mini wildlife refuge. As the natural wildlife begins to flourish, the various insects, birds, and other natural life around will all blend together and actually assist your garden as it begins to grow.
Put used coffee grounds on the soil. Coffee grounds will add nitrogen to your soil which will make them helpful for some of your plants. Coffee grounds as a source of nitrogen for plants are usually limited to acid-loving plants because coffee is acidic. Plants need an adequate nitrogen source in order to thrive. Adding coffee grounds, chemical fertilizer, or diluted urea to your soil increases the soil’s nitrogen content and will help to make your plants grow faster, taller and healthier.
Space is important to remember when planting an organic garden. Many people underestimate the space needed for plants to grow to their full size. Failure to provide adequate room will restrict growth because it forces plants to compete for valuable nutrients and oxygen. Try to plan your garden and place sufficient distance in between your seedlings.
Use equal parts dried and green plant material for your own compost. When you pull weeds from your garden, throw them in the compost. The same goes for vegetable trimmings and grass clippings. These are considered green materials. Dried plant material includes straw, sawdust, shredded paper, cardboard, and dried and cut-up woody material. Charcoal, meat, ashes or other diseased plants should not be included in a compost pile.
Do you want to kill weeds without using commercial chemicals? Use several layers of newspapers for weed control. Without light, there can be no weeds. When you put newspaper on top of weeds they will suffocate because they are not getting enough light. Newsprint also breaks down well, incorporating itself into the compost. You can add mulch on top for aesthetic reasons.
Though organic farming can present challenges that traditional farming with the use of chemicals does not, harvesting the crops is reward itself for the hard work. Chemicals can be beneficial, but a chemical free organic garden will always produce the best results.
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.