Why should you grow your own organic vegetables and fruits?
Most likely, you have seen organic foods in your local grocery store or read about them in a newspaper. It’s easy to tell which items are certified organic by the USDA. They are usually in fancy packages and very pricey. Organic fruits and vegetables, have a major advantage over conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, there is no toxic chemicals used on them. The FDA(Food and Drug Administration) claims there are safe levels of poisonous and toxic chemicals, but there is no real “safe dose” of poisons or toxins that are used to kill bugs, and plant diseases. Many of the poisons and toxins have a cumulative effect, in other words they do not process out of your body easily and as a result they build up in your system over time. Check out this information on growing a better organic garden in this article and find out how to grow your own organic garden at home.
Gardening inside your home or greenhouse.
When you are gardening inside, the first thing you should consider is an adequate light source. The amount of light available can determine which type of organic plants you should grow. For example, if your living area does not provide much natural sunlight, you could grow those plants that only need low to medium amounts of natural light to thrive. If you still are unable to get enough light to your plants, consider purchasing grow-lights.
The temperature should be maintained between 65 and 75 degrees during daylight hours, as plants need this temperature range to grow. If you want to save money on heating bills in the winter, you can provide local heating for the plants with a heat lamp instead. Greenhouses can also be heated with propane heaters, wood stoves (just make sure everything is installed according to local building codes to prevent fires, dangerous fumes and other problems that come from installing heat sources incorrectly.
Once your seeds start sprouting, they do not need as much warmth as they needed before. It’s important to move the plants away from any heat source as they grow larger. This also includes removing any plastic that you had covering the plant or container.
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Mulching your gardens.
Mulching in trees to your soil is a great way to put nutrients back into your soil. After Christmas may cities have a live tree recycling service that will allow you to pick up tree mulch from the recycled trees. Turn the tree mulch into your garden soil with a rototiller. If you are located in an area where you get hard freezes early in winter or late fall, check with your local tree service company. They usually have tree mulch that needs to be disposed of and would be glad to have someone take it off their hands. You can do this at the end of the growing season to allow the trees mulch time to decompose.
During growing season.
Put an organic mulch two or three inches deep, in your flower beds and garden. This will prevent weeds from growing, retain humidity, and feed your plants with the nutrients they need. It will also make your flower beds look more finished.
Put used coffee grounds on the soil. Plants can use the nitrogenous nutrients found in coffee grounds. The more nitrogen you have in the soil, the greater the growth of your plants will be, so adding grounds or compost will ensure your plants grow large very quickly.
Apply equal portions of dried plant material and green into your compost pile. Green plant material comprises leaves, weeds, spent flowers, grass clippings, and fruit and vegetable waste. You can add dried plants by throwing straw, shredded paper, woody materials and cardboard on your pile. You should not use things like meat scraps, charcoal, blighted plants or the manure of meat-eating animals in your compost.
Creating a trap with beer can help reduce the number of slugs in your garden. Get a clean, empty glass jar to use as a trap. Bury it with its mouth facing upwards. Keep putting dirt over the jar until the mouth is at the surface of your garden. Fill this jar up with beer almost entirely. Slugs will be attracted to the beer and fall into the jar.
Your authenticity as an organic grower is solidified when you obtain the organic gardening certification. With this, you and your crops are credible and 100% legitimately organic. This is important for your business and to your customers. This will result in generating more sales and creating a loyal customer base.
Improve your soil’s health by adding organic mulch. A couple of inches of organic mulch will protect what lies beneath it. The soil will stay cool in high heat, preventing damage to the roots. Evaporation will be reduced and the soil will remain moist for longer when you water. This also helps control the weeds.
Organic foods are beneficial because they have not been contaminated by pesticides. This is great for your health, but you do want to check the produce for bugs prior to using it.
Every year, you should plant different things and in different places. Planting the same area with the same plants year after year will lead to disease and fungus. These plant killing phenomena can lay dormant down in the dirt, waiting and willing to strike your next year’s plants. Different plants have different immunities and vulnerabilities. Changing what you plant where will naturally stave off fungus and disease.
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.
Strawberries are a great plant to grow in any organic garden, especially if you happen to have kids or any strawberry lover in your home. Kids are quite eager to pick fruit from a garden, and will help with the planting if they get a nice snack out of it at the end.
We hope you have found this information on growing a better organic garden useful.