You probably know quite a bit about organic foods, whether you have read about them, or noticed them at your local supermarket. You know which items are organic. You can see it on their labels, as well as in their higher prices. This article can help you save money by growing organic produce right in your own garden.
Maximize your time by keeping your tools close. You can make use of a bucket, or wear pants that have plenty of pockets. If you have your pruning shears, spade, trowel and gloves handy, you will be able to get your gardening chores done much more quickly.
After seeds have sprouted, they require less warmth than they did prior to sprouting. It’s important to move the plants away from any heat source as they grow larger. Uncover your containers; the plastic wrap traps humidity, so you need to remove it to stop your plants from overheating. Observe your seeds carefully so that you can make these changes as soon as they start sprouting.
Organic material piled three inches deep is an effective mulch in your flower gardens. This will help to inhibit weed growth, helps to lock in moisture, and adds needed nutrients to your organic garden. It will also increase the visual appeal of the flower beds.
Try using 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. Generally, nitrogen is the limiting nutrient with any plant and having a good nitrogen source either by coffee grounds, compost, or even diluted urea, will make your plants bloom faster and grow taller.
If you are starting your seedlings out in small containers, you should use a layer of potting soil that is three times as deep as the size of a single seed. Certain seeds are an exception to that rule, since they require sunlight to germinate, so they should be barely covered or not at all. Example of these kinds of seeds include the petunia and the ageratum. If you are unsure about the specific needs of your seeds, you should consult your local garden center or conduct further research online. Important things to look for include water requirements, ideal soil type, and recommended sunlight exposure.
In an organic garden, ruffle any seedlings with a piece of cardboard, or even your hand, a couple times each day. It sounds weird, but research has shown that handling the seedling like this often will make them grow bigger than seedlings that are ignored.
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.