mom. Organic Gardening. January 23rd , 2018.
More people switch to natural gardening methods these days for healthier living. This means gardening without applying any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
Organic Gardening uses nature itself to balance the ecosystem. It utilizes micro-organisms, plants and insects to preserve a healthy environment. Using organic approach, you will produce healthier crops while contribute in preserving the environment.
It's a quite easy job, here are some easy steps to start your own organic garden.
Space is an essential part in gardening, but you shouldn’t have too worry if you lack some space. You still can start your personal Organic Garden. If you live in a tiny place like a studio apartment, you could use pots as mediums of gardening. A variety of containers with a variety of styles are available to be purchased. Choose pots with styles matching the style of your spaces.
The best containers are probably the wooden ones as they offer better airflow. Those made of ceramic are good choices too but should have holes allowing water and air circulation. But avoid to use pots made of clay as they are too absorbent and tend have to dry out faster.
For those who fortunate enough to have ground area for gardening, start planning and researching. Find the information about the plants you want to grow and see if they can flourish in your area. Other important information includes the best time to start planting and the ideal space to have between planted plants. Find out what types of plants which can complement each other and work together to repel pests.
It's a great idea in Organic Gardening to have only the best quality tools and maintain them carefully .
•To dig and turn compost, use shovel, spade,and pitchfork.
•To weed use trowel, hoe and rake.
•To cut and prune, use pruning clippers or saw.
•To load and cart mulches and soils, use a wheel barrel.
•To watering, use watering cans and hoses.
•To retain rain water, use rain barrels.
Going organic means totally avoiding the application of synthetic chemicals on your garden. It's paramount to keep the soil always in healthy condition for the plants can grow well and have more pest resistance. For this to happen, you need to add compost into your garden bed. It can be anything from grass clippings, dead leaves, coffee grounds, or vegetable peelings. They are easy to get and cost almost nothing.
Some insects and creatures are useful and you’ll need to include them in your Organic Gardening project. Earthworms give your soil valuable nutrients and Ladybugs battle aphids. Frogs prey on flying insects so if you have pond near your garden, you're good.
Attract birds to visit your garden by installing a birdbath. Birds are great for getting rid of insects. Another method is to install physical barriers like sheer netting to prevent insects to get through. To battle caterpillars you need to use soap water diligently.
The Plants and Seeds
The types of plants you want to grow is partly based on the size and type of the garden you have. The seeds you choose should be able to adapt to the type of soil you have, sunlight availability, as well as your garden humidity. Don't hesitate in mixing and matching plants that support one another. Make sure your starter plants only come from strictly organic places, otherwise you defeat the purpose of Organic Gardening.
If you are new to Organic Gardening, start with smaller plants. Small shrub vegetables (such as peppers and tomatoes) or root crops (such as potatoes and yams) would be a good practice for you.
Add A Little Garden Love
Just like humans, plants need to be treated with care and love. Give them only organic nutrients and treatments avoid giving them unhealthy chemicals, just like the old days. By keeping it healthy and simple, you will help yourself living in a healthier life as well as preserving mother nature.
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