How To Make Your Organic Garden Grow: Tips And Tricks

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Contrary to popular belief, growing an organic garden doesn’t mean you’re one step away from joining a commune or living off the land.
It just means you want healthier food, bereft of the harsh chemicals that are used by mass-producing farms. Here are some tips to ensure that your garden will always grow.

Try to get a good composition of healthy soil in your garden. Healthy soil is generally more resistant to pests and other negative influences. How can you tell when a soil is “healthy?” Generally a healthy soil contains a good combination of earth worms, helpful microbes, and a good deal of mulch and compost on the surface area.

Save your old panty hose for use in your garden. When you are growing vines with fruit on vertical supports you can drape the panty hose around the fruit and secure it to the vertical support. The panty hose won’t restrict the growth because it will expand as the fruit grows.

The best and most natural way to fertilize an organic garden is with compost. Compost can be made from anything that was once alive. Don’t discount the value of your kitchen waste, leaves, grass clippings or anything else that was once alive. By composting it all, you will give invaluable life to your organic garden.

Trees and flower beds need at least three inches of organic materials. This adds humus, nutrients, conserves water in the soil, and discourages the growth of unwanted weeds! This will also give your flower beds a nice, even, and finished appearance. There are many organic mulches available or you can make your own.

Make your own seed envelopes for your organic seeds. There is no reason to buy expensive seed envelopes. You can make envelopes by unfolding a commercial one and using it as a stencil to draw the outline of more. Cut them out, fold, and glue. That’s all there is to it!

Use your fallen leaves to enrich your compost. Gather any fallen leaves and place them in a paper or plastic bag, and store them for the winter in a sheltered spot. If you are using a plastic bag, don’t forget to poke a couple of holes to ensure ventilation. Once springtime comes around you will have carbon-rich matter just waiting to get dug into your compost pile.

When starting your own organic garden, a great tip is to use an old laundry basket for washing all of your fruits and vegetables. The basket will be like a strainer, which will make it easier for you to wash off all of the dirt from your fruits and vegetables.

If you need to protect your plants in your organic garden from frost either early in the season or at the end of the season, here’s a great frugal way to cover them. Milk jugs, soda bottles and other plastic containers you can find around the house are perfect to protect your precious plants from the harsh frost.

Yes, there is a stigma that comes with the word “organic,” but that’s because most people fail to realize that the word organic, basically means natural. In fact, growing organic is as natural as you can possibly get. So make sure to use these gardening tips when you’re ready to grow organic food.