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

Health and Peace in Your Backyard

November 17th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

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While creating a safe haven for ourselves we call home, we need everything to be perfect. Be it the interior layout of the house, the colour, or the furniture. Some of us take it to another level when we take that extra step to bring beauty to our backyard. Gardening is one of the common hobbies in urban population. It gives us peace and me-time, away from the bustle of city life. And when we can create a healthy and wholesome lifestyle with that hobby, there’s nothing like it! Organic gardening is a process where we try to grow edible plants without using any chemical fertilizers. Hence we are directly upgrading our health by tapping into fresh produce straight out of our backyard.Organic garden

Now let’s see how to start an organic garden. First of all you need a piece of land to do it, else you can try to grow these on pots as well. Even a terrace garden will work out. See our previous blog on terrace gardens for tips on how to get started.

Once you involve yourself in gardening, you will get immersed in it, and your garden will be more or less your sanctuary. So you must vision your garden in your mind, thinking of it as your place of peace and health. It’s also important that you imagine and view in your mind how you want your garden to look like. A balance of different types of plants needs to be kept as eventually you are looking forward to eat something grown there.

Organic seeds can be bought locally from framers markets or any store that sells seeds. Do not use chemical pesticides or any other synthetic chemicals. There are many natural products for treating weeds, diseases, pests, and soil issues. These natural products are much safer and better for the environment. Be sure your planting area will not be contaminated with lawn fertilizer or other chemicals. Try to find organic soil and compost or make your own compost by recycling your food waste.

Choose plants that grow well in your climate and geography. Think locally. Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to plant apple tree in Kerala. Try to plant in batches instead of planting everything together.

All said and done, gardens are a huge responsibility. So think before you start it, and plan before your start it. Welcome a better world to your backyard!

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