We live in a world surrounded by convenience foods and unhealthful nutritional choices.
While most understand that putting these foods in the body can result in harmful effects, they often counter this with the excuse that it’s too expensive to eat right. If you’re one of them, there is a way to get the nutrients you need without breaking the bank.
By growing your own foods, not only do you know the history of various products you are taking in, but you also have control over the quality of your food. Whether you are just starting out or have long been growing your own fruits and vegetables, there are some things you need to know to ensure you achieve maximum success.
Much Ado About Mulching
As you prepare your garden, you should first consider the type of mulch you will be using. Mulch is a covering of the garden soil that will provide the growing plants with the much-needed nutrients to help them thrive, and there are a number of components you can use. Aside from promoting healthful growth of your plants, mulch also helps keep weeds from overtaking your garden, conserves water, improves your soil and gives your garden a general aesthetic appeal that will keep you motivated.
There are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when selecting your mulch. For starters, experts recommend avoiding live green materials as they can deplete the nitrogen naturally found in the soil. Instead, you can create a compost pile by compiling natural waste products over a period of time or buying packaged organic mulch at your local gardening store. Either way, make sure you apply the mulch at least three inches and avoid placing it at the root of the plants.
Respect Personal Space
Just as we don’t like it when our personal space is infiltrated, your plants also require room to grow and prosper. Therefore, as you prepare to plant, carefully read the instructions on your seed packaging. As your plant begins to grow, it will need ample space so it doesn’t have to compete with surrounding plants for water, sunlight, and other nutrients.
You should also keep the depth of your planting in mind. As a general rule of thumb, larger seeds should be planted deeper than smaller ones. It can get a little tricky, however. If you plant too deep, you run the risk of your plant never seeing the light of day. Moreover, if you don’t plant deep enough, you may deprive the plant of the development of a strong root system. Before planting, it’s well worth your time to research the particular plant to find out the optimal depth – however, you might also use a simple trick: for any given seed, plant it at a depth of three times the thickness of the seed.
Don’t Overdo It
Just as any living organism, your plants need proper nutrients in order to flourish. However, many gardeners make the common mistake of going overboard. You make sure you don’t overeat as it can result in a plethora of negative side effects. Keep this same line of thinking in mind as you apply fertilizer to your garden. When you apply too much, you run the risk of plants no longer being able to become ripe, or getting extreme growth with no ripe tubers.
In order to avoid your garden becoming victim of over-fertilization, you can always opt to use compost instead of synthetic fertilizers or in combination with. Two to three inches of compost should prove beneficial in keeping your plants properly nourished while avoiding some of the common side effects of over-fertilization.
Misconceptions About Bugs and Spiders
Your garden is your baby, and when you spot a creepy-crawly walking along the leaves of your plants, it’s normal to go on the defense. However, there are some misconceptions about bugs and spiders when it comes to the well-being of your garden. Bees, spiders, and certain other insects can actually provide benefits. Rather than trying to eradicate all life forms, try an organic pest control method such as a garlic repellent.
The Power’s In Your Hands
Anyone can grow their own food, but it takes time and effort to understand how to do it right.
The power of your own health and vitality is in your hands, and we truly are what we eat. By following these helpful tips, you can be on your way to the type of healthful nutritional freedom so many seek but so few find.