How to start your own organic garden

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.

Composting

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.

Watering

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.

Control Weeding

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.

Harvest

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.

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Organic Gardening with a busy schedule

As Autumn gets closer, none of us can wait to get active in the garden, eagerly checking if the soil is perfect and warm enough. But then things start shifting into high gear and you get busy. Does that mean you give up your gardening plans?

Not at all!

Just follow these really simple and time saving ideas that are guaranteed to bring positive results from day 1:

Make a Plan
A well-laid plan always helps, as it will save you time when deciding how to spread different plants in the garden.

Make Your Bed!
You can quickly make beds by simply slicing under the soil using a spade, flip it upside down, and cover the area with the help of 3 to 4 inch wood chips. Wait a few days before planting.

Keep your Tools Close
Reducing the trips to your shed will save you time. So keep your tools at hand.

Cut the Weeds
When weeds such as lamium grow on your mats, don’t go removing them one by one. An easy method to remove weeds is by using a sharp spade, slice under the weeds, and turn them over, thereby burying the leaves.

Use Mulch
Mulch is good for the fertility and health of the soil as it conserves the plants from excessive moisture and greatly reduces weed growth. It also enhances the appearance of the area, therefore efficiently spreading the mulch using a rake or bow around your garden.

Water your Garden Wisely
Don’t just go over-watering the plants, as they need specific amounts at different intervals. Soaker hoses can save you loads of time, as they slowly irrigate a part of your garden with low water pressure. Don’t forget that the tender seedlings you planted still need to be watered by hand.

Use Compost
Compost is extremely fertile for soil, by applying compost you are enriching your soil with much needed nutrients. You can make compost by storing garden waste materials in compost bins, but the bins are expensive. However there is a cheaper way out. Store your waste in a fenced off area of your garden. This way you won’t have to wheel barrow compost back and forth to your garden. Add the compost to each side of the beds and you will definitely enjoy the fruits (and veggies) that you harvest!

Harvest:
Collect your harvest in a basket. The basket acts as a strainer, quickly rinsing off the dirt and debris from the fruits and vegetables.

Keep Taking Small Steps
When you are busy, every minute is valuable. However, take a few minutes in the garden whenever you get the time so that garden chores don’t pile up. For example, cut a few weeds while taking your dog out for some fresh air, or remove dead plants while waiting for the school bus with the kids.

By following these easy tips, you will be able to transform your garden the way you desire. Plan well and work hard. Good luck!

How to Fertilise your Lawn – A Complete Guide

When it comes to beautifying your home, it is certainly incomplete without a lawn. Fertilising your lawn is one of the most important things you need to do because it’s important to keep your lawn healthy, green and free of weeds. Here is an easy guide to fertilising your lawn.

Grass Type

One thing you should be aware of before fertilising your lawn is the grass type and the season and time of the year. If your lawn has, for example, cool season grass, there are 2 growing periods you need to know about. First, when the grass grows right after winter dormancy and the second when the summer heat wave ends, it’s best to fertilise your lawn after it greens. If your lawn has warm season grass, you wouldn’t want to fertilise your lawn until it comes out of dormancy, as the grass is sensitive and the application of fertilisers can destroy your lawn. Once your lawn has been cut three times, it is safe to assume that the warm season grass is completely out of dormancy, which is then the best time to fertilise your lawn.

Type of Fertiliser

Before applying any type of fertiliser, make sure you read the bag of contents. This way you will know exactly what are you applying and whether or not it suits your lawn. Some fertilisers cannot be used on certain grass types as they can destroy the grass, and some might have extra additives that can be harmful for the grass. If you are not sure of which type of fertiliser to use, here are some factors to keep in mind:619woGWWpAL._SL1500_

  • You can get either liquid or granular fertiliser. Liquid fertilisers work and are absorbed quickly whereas granular fertiliser is sprinkled on the lawn and absorbs slowly.
  • Choose either quick or slow release granular fertilisers.
  • Choose between organic and chemical fertiliser. There are fertilisers available that also kill weeds but organic fertilisers are better for your lawn in the long run.

Use Proper Equipment

The equipment you use during the fertilisation of your lawn makes a huge difference to the overall outcome. If you have a small lawn, most of the work can be done by hand but if your lawn is fairly large, you will need to rent or buy proper equipment. Get a rotary spreader for large lawns as it has a wider reach. A drop spreader can be used for lawns with areas that need precise fertilisation.

Prepare the Spreader and Start Fertilising

Fill the spreader with the appropriate fertiliser and adjust it so that the release matches the recommended dosage on the fertiliser bag. Choose a place in your garden to start the fertilising. However, be sure not to skip areas and avoid spreading excessive fertiliser.

Water Your Lawn

Last, but not the least, don’t forget to water your lawn with appropriate amounts. This helps the soil absorb the fertiliser. Follow this easy guide and observe as your lawn will obtain the benefits right away! Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/maxicropuk Follow us on Twitter – https://twitter.com/maxicropuk