You are ready to grow a healthy organic garden. Well your timing could not be more perfect! This article contains helpful adivce to get you started in your organic gardening endeavors.
Think about planting your seeds in indoor pots and then transplanting them to your garden once they become seedlings. Doing this will increase the survival rate of all your outdoor plants. This will also allow you to stick to a tighter, cleaner planting schedule. After you remove the mature plants from your garden, you can immediately replace them with the seedlings and start the cycle over again.
When winter arrives, transfer some plants into the house to save them. Perhaps save the most resistant or expensive plants. Carefully dig near the roots and transfer those plants into a flower pot.
The first thing you should do when planning a garden is test the soil. You can do a soil sample analysis for an affordable fee and then know what you need to properly treat your soil with so you can grow the best plants. Cooperative Extension departments often offer this testing service. It is a worthwhile effort so a garden can be productive on the first year of planting.
Place organic mulch as close to your vegetables as you can. Mulch will keep soil moist for longer. In addition, mulch will help you to prevent weeds. You will save time by not pulling weeds.
Know the perfect time to harvest the vegetables in your garden. Every type of vegetable has a different moment of ripeness. Many vegetables are best when picked young; baby peas are a prime example. Tomatoes, though, are tastiest when they have been allowed to ripen on the vine as long as possible. You should know the proper time to pick vegetables.
When gardening, don’t use any broad-spectrum pesticides. Broad spectrum pesticides don’t only kill the offending pests, but the beneficial ones also. Beneficial insects are more susceptible to toxic pesticides than their annoying counterparts, so a broad-spectrum pesticide could kill all of the good bugs first, allowing the population of bad pests to multiply. You will need even more pesticides to deal with the problem, and it will never really go away.
When you water your garden, do it with care. Instead of watering each individual plant with a can or hose, utilize a soaker hose, which can water all the plants at once. Keeping the water pressure low on your soaking hose will help avoid harm to tender plants. Let the soaker hose do its thing for a couple hours, and your plants are watered.
When you are organic gardening, ask your children to lend a hand. Toiling together in the garden brings your family closer together and offers many different opportunities to learn new things and instill green values.
You are now well-equipped with insight on creating an organic garden. If you thought you knew a lot then, now you should be a professional. The different tips and methods you can use are endless, and as long as you can follow and implement the information correctly, you should have no trouble growing a fantastic garden this season.