You know that there are numerous benefits to using compost on organic gardens, but have you ever wondered what it is made up of? Compost is a mixture of wood chips, straw, leaves, scraps of produce, and grass clippings that have been allowed to sit until they are broken down into mock soil. Use compost instead of fertilizer that you buy at the store. If you’re growing plants indoors, keep your thermostat around 65 or 75 degrees daily. The temperature needs to remain warm so they may grow. If you don’t want you house to be really warm during the cold season, you could use a heat lamp on organic plants instead. Stay on top of your organic gardening to-do list, and don’t let the work pile up. Not everyone has time to tend their gardens every day, but by doing little things whenever you have a chance, you can avoid having things pile up. Even if you’re just taking the dog for a walk, bend down and pick a few weeds.
If you have a problem with bugs in your organic garden, give garlic a try by planting several garlic bulbs around where the problem is occurring. Most insects are repelled by its odor. Plant garlic around the edge of your garden or right near plants that often have bugs on them. And, one extra plus from planting garlic is that it’s edible.
Soil health can be improved by adding mulch. The right amount of mulch in a garden also works to protect the soil underneath. This protective effect is especially important during the summer, as it protects the roots from the effects of the heat. It will also stop the soil from losing it’s moisture in the hot sunlight. It will also serve as a method of controlling unwanted weeds. A great organic spray that will help discourage pests in your garden is mixing garlic, onion, or chives with water to create a spray. To make the spray, just chop peeled garlic, onions or chives very fine and mix half a cup of water with it, and then strain it into the spray bottle. Make sure you plant your garden in different areas every year. Planting the same family of plants in the same area over and over can cause disease and fungus to start growing. Plants of the same type will be vulnerable the next season. Different plants have different immunities and vulnerabilities. Changing what you plant where will naturally stave off fungus and disease.
Adjust your watering to the season and climate. The amount of water you will need will vary according to your climate and even such factors as the part of day and soil type. Gardeners in warm, moist climates should avoid watering leafy plants as this makes them more vulnerable to fungal growths. Instead, aim to water the root system only.