The Garden Organic

1st January, 2013    comments

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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

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