Make a tent over your organic garden during the winter by using some materials around your home. Insert tall gardening stakes, such as bean poles, into the soil at the corners of your beds. Throw sheets over the bean poles, then use bricks to stabilize the edges of the structure. This trick will cost you little or nothing, and you will have protected your garden throughout the coldest months.
When you want to harvest the produce in your organic garden, always have an old laundry basket to hand. The laundry basket will function as a makeshift strainer for the fruits and vegetables. If you hose off your produce in the laundry basket, the water will leave the basket through the holes in the sides.
The optimal amount of organic mulch to use in your flower beds is 2-3 inches. This will prevent weeds from growing, retain humidity, and feed your plants with the nutrients they need. Your flower beds should also look beautiful all year long.
Pine can be a wonderful mulch. Some plants need acidic soil to grow properly, because of their own acid content. There is no better, or easier, way to make your acid-loving plants happy then to use pine needles you already have on your beds. Lay a few inches of needles over the beds to allow them to decompose and add some acid to your soil.
Make sure you actually take a look under the surface of the dirt at the roots of your plants before you transplant anything into your garden. Make sure that the root system is healthy when you buy tomato seedlings and that the starts are healthy looking as well. Lush green starts will remain on the seedlings and keep them from growing properly until they disappear.
If you are troubled by aphids in the organic garden, the tried and true method of soapy water might provide the best solution. Spray a little bit of soapy water on the plants, making sure to hit stems and buds, as well as leaves. After spraying the soapy water, rinse the plants by spraying clean water on them.
Find out more about botanical insecticides to get rid of the pest. Natural insecticides can sometimes kill pests more powerfully than synthetic pesticides. However, botanical insecticides may not last as long because of their biological makeups, which makes them disappear more quickly.
Leaves, twigs, and dead plants are excellent additions to your compost pile. When the leaves decompose, they turn into a nutrient rich organic compost, providing a healthy addition to your garden soil. This is a free way to get organic compost that will benefit your garden.
Perennial gardens should be prepared easily and quickly in the ground. Use your spade to slice chunks of turf up, then flip each piece over, and spread wood chips on top to a depth of four inches. Wait for a few weeks and plant new perennials in this area.
Go ahead and take a couple of minutes after you eat dinner to chop up the excess pieces into fine pieces to add to your garden, after you prepare fresh vegetables. These vegetable pieces will quickly begin to decay, leeching vital nutrients directly into your new growing plants. You can also use this for composting, but it can benefit your plants to use it immediately.
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