The Garden Organic

January 1st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

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What are the key advantages of the organic approach?

It’s a system of gardening for everybody – you don’t have to worry about your children using things that they shouldn’t. And we all like to know that the food we are eating isn’t sprayed. Also, it adds another dimension to gardening.

  • Nothing tastes better than fresh fruits or vegetables straight off the vine, tree, or plant.
  • By planting your own organic garden, you are assuring yourself and your family the best possible fruits and vegetables.
  • Planting your own organic vegetable garden will save you money.

 

Since organic gardeners use no chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, none of these chemicals can run off and find their way into the water supply. Another benefit of this lack of chemical run-off is that small animals, birds, and beneficial insects are not harmed by chemical use.

What are the cornerstones of organic gardening?

In many ways, organic gardening is simply good gardening – and it’s about having a range of strategies, not a quick fix. One of the most vital things is suiting what you plant to your growing situation. If you give the plant what it needs in the soil and the right situation as far as light and shade, then it will grow. The right conditions are key. If needs be, you can improve your soil via composting, but while you can alter the soil to some extent, there’s no point in trying to dramatically alter an alkaline soil to grow rhododendrons. It’s about making the most of what you’ve got. The other key point is to remember that plants are living things and they will suffer from diseases – you need to have a relaxed attitude, but try to create a garden environment with opportunities for predators too. They are always working while you’re not.

SIMPLE STEPS TO GROW YOUR ORGANIC GARDEN

  • PREPARING THE SOIL

In order to get the best results with your new organic garden, you’ll want to make sure the soil is properly conditioned. You have to eat, and so do plants, so make sure your veggies get lots of fresh nutrients.

  • MAKE GOOD COMPOST

All gardens benefit from compost — and preferably you can make your own on site. Hey, it’s free! Compost feeds plants, helps conserve water, cuts down on weeds, and keeps food and yard waste out of landfills (where it produces methane), instead turning garbage into “black gold.”

  • CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS
  • PLANT CROPS IN WIDE BEDS

Plants that you will be harvesting, such as vegetables or cutting flowers, should be grouped tightly in beds that you don’t walk on (raised beds work great).

  • PROPER WATERING

The best time to water plants is usually in the morning. Why? Mornings tend to be cool and without strong winds, so the amount of water lost to evaporation is reduced. If you water in the evening plants stay damp over night, making them more likely to be damaged by fungal and bacterial diseases.

  • WEEDING

Pulling weeds by hand may sound like hard work — and it can be — but it also can be good exercise, and gets you outside in the fresh air.

  • PROTECT PLANTS WITHOUT TOXIC PESTICIDES
  • HARVESTING

How To Re-design your Garden..

June 27th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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Gardening is often called the only living art form. Like any form of art, designing a garden is subjective. Although gardening successfully requires learning certain skills, in the end, a garden’s beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are no fixed rules to garden design. No garden design is ever finished. Plants fail, tastes change & weather is unpredictable.

Here are some easy tips for redesigning your garden :gardening

1. Learn from Last year’s Mistakes: At the end of every gardening season look over the list of disappointments and make notes of what not to plant next year or what to watch out for earlier in the season.

2.Start off on the Right Foot: Now that we’ve reviewed what worked and what didn’t, take a moment to consider what plants will be happy in our sunny, sandy, humid garden. They say a healthy plant is better able to withstand diseases and pests, so my next resolution will be to keep my plants healthy and happy.

3.Plant more Fragrant Flowers: There’s not been much point in stopping to smell the roses lately. Most of them have no scent at all. Like a flavorless tomato that was bred to ship without bruising, flower breeders fed out need for longer bloom periods and larger flowers, at the expense of fragrance. We want to get the same thrill when the lilac buds start to open, every time we walk into our garden.

4.Be More Daring with Containers: As grasses become garden staples, they are also finding their way into more and more containers. Growing ornamental grasses in containers is a great way to feature grasses without the worry of them spreading or taking over the garden.

5. Plant More Shrubs:  There was awhile there where new perennials were the holy grail of the gardening world. We went crazy every time a Hosta showed a new stripe. Trees and shrubs were for common landscapers, not cultivated gardeners. Well, have you seen the shrubs out there on the market recently? They’re textured. They’re colorful, They have flowers and berries. They don’t require months of endless pinching and primping.

6.Use More Foliage with Colour and Texture: Along the same line as planting more shrubs, resolve to make better use of plants with interesting forms and texture and perennials with colorful foliage. No plant blooms incessantly all season, but there’s no stopping great foliage.

garden 7. Mulch Early: Every spring we wait to see what plants have self-seeded and which tender perennials made it through the winter and will be putting in an encore appearance. I’m always delightfully surprised, but I am also way behind in mulching my garden. Waiting for flower seedlings to emerge means I’m also giving weed seedlings time to pop up – everywhere. This year I’m going to mulch early. If I lose a few self-seeders, I’ll make up for it with more time to plant because I’ll be doing less weeding.

8.Plant for Fall in the Spring:We want instant gratification after a long, dull winter and a bunch of plants that languish for 3 months of the growing season just don’t have that great an appeal. But fall is such a beautiful season and the garden can really come back to life as the cooler weather sets in. This year you just  hunt out plants that bloom, fruit and flare into color in the fall.

 

 

 

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