The key to a great garden is to implement organic gardening methods. You will not only improve the taste of your fruits, vegetables and herbs but you will also improve growth and harvest all while reducing chemical pollution on the earth and inside your body. After all, growing your own food is the healthiest way to eat if you take control as to what you use for fertiliser as well as disease and pest prevention.
Many people have high hopes for starting their own organic garden and reaping a small harvest from it. The problem is that many don’t really know what an organic garden is. Organic gardening is more than popping some seeds in the ground and letting them grow “naturally”. It’s common to want to jump right in and start planting but planning a garden first will help ensure an easier crop and a bountiful harvest.
Inside or Outside?
You can grow an organic garden right in your own home. Make sure you start your plants in a large enough container so they can grow to their full potential. It is very important that you get light to your plants inside. This needs to be natural light produced by the sun. You can also check into lighting that will simulate the sun. Also be sure to provide light during the times there is none in your home.
On the other hand, if you are growing your organic garden outside, you have a few different options. One way is to grow your plants in large pots. This keeps weeds from invading your plants. It also cuts down on having to dig in the dirt. Although some of us enjoy getting our hands dirty, it can be very messy.
If digging in the dirt is not your cup of tea or if trying to grow plants in a pot just doesn’t suit your fancy, you can try a raised garden. It keeps you from having to kill your grass and if your soil is clay, this type of garden is perfect.
A raised garden is pretty simple to create. To begin you have to find the perfect spot to put your garden. Take newspaper and lay it down on top of the grass so no weeds can get through. Put hay, straw, organic fertiliser and compost on top of the newspaper. This will give you a completely natural area to grow your plants.
Always be sure that what you choose to grow is right for your area. Also be sure to plant your garden when growing conditions are favourable. Never be afraid to add new plants to your garden. Once you have become an organic gardener, the sky is the limit.
Planning a garden is half the fun in starting an organic garden. Once you’ve got your plan in place and your area ready, it’s time to start planting!
Four Tips When Growing an Organic Garden
Four simple steps to remember when going organic:
# Step 1 – Build the Soil One of the most important things a plant needs is a good loose but not too loose soil. Building soil up consists of adding organic material to it. The organic material will be broken down by the process of decomposition.
# Step 2 – Clean it Up! When looking over your garden, clean up any plant debris or diseased plant material. Cleaning up debris will go a long way in preventing unwelcomed guests on your plants, whether it’s a bug or disease.
# Step 3: When to Water Water in the morning if you can and not right before nightfall. Keep distance between plants. Watering at dusk or at night will leave moisture setting on the leaves and stems of plants. Fungi may move in and make themselves at home. If you must water at night, water at the base of plants and not the tops.
# Step 4 – Buy and plant disease and bug resistant plants In order to get a good organic garden going, planting resistant plants will go a long way to get it off on the right foot.
# Step 4 – Stop using and get rid of garden chemicals.