Organic gardening is gaining popularity. More people avoid consuming food and vegetables containing chemicals and synthetics. Organic gardening is great for the health of your family as it greatly reduces the amount of pesticides you consume and helps to protect the environment from overloading of toxic chemicals. Yes, organic gardening can get a bit expensive if you are hiring someone to install and maintain your garden, but with these tips you can start one on your own. So, let’s roll up your sleeves and get started.
Prepare the Soil Properly
Healthy soil helps strengthen plants. To get best results from your new organic garden, you will have to ensure that the soil is properly conditioned. The plants need food just like you. So make sure that the vegetables are getting sufficient nutrients. The best way to measure the quality of your soil is by getting it tested. Use a Ph testing kit or it would be even better if you send a sample of the soil to your local agricultural office. You can then tailor your gardening program according to the results.
Ensure that your soil has plenty of humus (organic matter). Use manure from livestock that have been humanely raised. Do not use manure from animals that have consumed meat.
All gardens can benefit from composting. The best compost in your garden will form the correct ratio of carbon-rich and nitrogen organic waste when mixed with soil, air and water. Following proper techniques, you can even make the best compost in your organic garden.
Choose the Right Type of Plants
Choose the right type of plants and plant them in a good spot keeping in mind the light, moisture, drainage and soil quality. Remember, the happier and healthier your plants are, the more resilient they will be. If you are planting your own, make sure that you get seedlings raised without the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. It would be best suited if you buy them from the farmers’ market and they might even have other varieties suitable to your area.
Plant the Crops in Wide Beds
Plants that you will be harvesting such as, vegetables or flowers, should be grouped tightly in beds and planted in places you don’t walk on. This reduces water waste and weeding, it will also help you in targeting nutrients and compost. Sufficient space between each row helps repel fungal attacks and increases air circulation.
The best time to water the plants is in the morning. Mornings are cooler, without strong winds. This means the amount of water that is lost due to evaporation is reduced to a great extent. Remember, you just want to water the roots, not the greenery. Experts recommend that one or two applications a week on plants encourages deeper rooting, giving you stronger plants.
Pulling weeds by hand is hard work. You can further reduce the number of weeds by applying mulch and it also helps in protecting the soil.
After weeks of hard work and labor, don’t forget to harvest the fruits. The more you harvest, the more the plants will produce.
Following these tips and putting in a little effort will ensure that you grow a beautiful organic garden. You will be able to enjoy food and vegetables that are natural and free from any sorts of chemicals and synthetics.