Grow The Healthy Way: Organic Gardening Techniques
Organic gardening is the ideal way to grow a garden if you are concerned about harmful chemicals in your garden. Using natural ways to maintain your garden produces healthier plants. Organic gardening is even more important if you are growing a vegetable garden. Read the following article for some ideas on how to grow a beautiful organic garden.
One of the best ways to be successful at organic gardening is to plan early. The best laid out plans for an organic garden, always make for the most successful garden. Plan what you will plant early on and be sure to have back-up vegetables ready to plant when short-lived plants, like lettuce and spinach, are done for the year.
Weed control in your organic garden will be more challenging than a conventional garden because you can’t use chemical herbicides. One of the best ways to control weeds without using chemicals is creating ground cover with mulch. Save tree trimmings and grass clippings from elsewhere in your garden and spread them around your plants to a depth of about 3 inches. This should be enough to prevent weeds from germinating and growing.
You should keep your seeds damp without drowning them in water. Spray water over the soil to keep it moist, and place the pots or trays in which you have your seeds in water so that the soil can absorb the water. Make sure you replace the water in which your pots are standing regularly.
When it comes to taking care of an organic garden, then you need to opt for organic pest control. This is a comprehensive approach versus that of using chemicals. Try creating a healthier biodiversity so that you can help control the insects. When you use natural products and build healthier soil, you have the best long-term treatment for insects.
The healthy compost will consist of brown materials such as dead leaves, wood debris, plant debris, wood ash and straw. It will also need green materials, such as coffee grounds, grass clippings, kitchen scrapes (but not meat), and manure. The compost recipe should be two parts brown material to one part green material.
Rotate your crops to prevent permanent populations of pests in your garden. As with any ecosystem, pests need a certain amount of time to nest and build up a proper population within a garden. These pests are specially suited for one environment and one food source. By switching their food source you can essentially keep your pest population down simply because they are unable to adapt to the new type of plant.
Avoid chemical fertilizers when gardening, replace them with natural, organic mixtures like compost. Chemical fertilizers will deposit toxins into the soil, which can build up over time and even affect your drinking water. Natural and organic mixtures are safe and won’t cause this toxic buildup.
Growing an organic garden does not take more effort than any other type of garden. In fact, because organic gardening emphasizes on what nature provides, plants will not need to rely on artificial means to thrive, thus saving you time in applying chemicals. Try organic gardening in your home; you will be impressed by the results.