One great way to improve your diet and give yourself a fun an interesting hobby is to plant an organic garden. Much patience and effort are required though, in order to produce a successful and flourishing organic garden. Knowing where to start when planning an organic garden can be a little confusing.
Your plants need to adapt and must be gradually introduced to changes in temperature or condition. You need to give them about an hour of sunlight during the first day. As the week progresses, gradually increase their exposure to the outdoors. Hopefully, after about a week or so, your plants should have adjusted to the change. Now you can transplant them without any worries.
If you are growing vegetables in your garden, it is important that you have them in a spot where they can get at least six hours of sun a day. Proper sunlight is a prerequisite for proper growth. This is true for flowers as well.
There are many natural substances that are effective for warding off unwanted visitors. Slugs who want to enter a vegetable garden, for example, can be repelled by a simple border of marigolds and onions. Wood ash used as mulch helps repel pests as well when around shrubs and trees. When done naturally, there is no need for pesticides with harsh, and sometimes dangerous, chemicals
Learn the appropriate time to pick different vegetables. Each veggie has its own prime time for harvesting. Baby peas, for example have much better flavor if they are harvested early in the ripening process, as does zucchini. Tomatoes, however, are best picked from the vine later when they are very ripe. Take some time to learn about the best harvest time for the vegetables that you have growing.
Controlling pests in your vegetable garden can be extremely difficult to deal with. Avoid using a bunch of harsh chemical pesticides in your garden. Don’t forget you intend on eating these vegetables. Staying on top of the problem will ensure that pests don’t take over your garden. If you happen to notice them early on, you can control them just by physically removing them from your plants with your hands.
Efficiently water your garden. To save time, use a soaker type hose so each plant doesn’t need individual watering from the nozzle of a hose or a little watering can. Use a low water pressure to avoid damaging tender plants. It can water the plants for two hours so that you can do other things.
If you have an organic garden and children, plant some everbearing strawberries for them. Children are thrilled to harvest fruit from their own garden, and doing so often makes them more enthusiastic about helping out with the more hum-drum aspects of tending a garden.
A successful organic garden is the result of hard work and a good understanding of the principles involved. It is also true that in order to see results, that you have to keep at it. By using the above tips, you will have a marvelous organic garden in no time.