When gardening, you have a choice between conventional or standard gardening and organic gardening. Standard gardening has no limitations as to which chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides can be used for the growth, maintenance, and cultivation of your harvest. Organic gardening, on the other hand, is a more natural choice as it is a method that uses no synthetic fertilizers, products or pesticides. If you are interested in a more natural and organic lifestyle, a few fundamental organic gardening tips can help you get started.
Gardening organically involves growing plants as close to nature as possible and without using chemical means to do so. Choosing to go the organic route is more about what you don’t do rather than a list of things to do; however, following some suggestions will help you begin and maintain an organic garden.
Starting with the basics of any garden, good soil is a must. In order to develop good organic soil, you can add organic compost to your already existing plot or you can purchase organic gardening soil. Compost is an essential aspect of organic soil as plants will not grow without enough nutrients or minerals present.
Additionally, you can add other organic materials to your dirt to make it friendlier to your crops. Animal manure is one such material, and readily available from organic farms. This will add vital nutrients to your soil without the use of any synthetics.
Consider the kind of soil you have, and then choose plants that grow well in that type. You will also need to consider how much sun your garden receives and for how long and the temperature and climate in your gardening zone. Choose plants that are suitable for your area for the best chance of growing a healthy garden.
Furthermore, you will need to consider how big of a garden you want, the number of different plants you will be growing and the layout of your garden. If you live in an area that is notorious for having wet or marshy soil, simply using a raised garden bed can eliminate needing an additive to dry out your soil. By planning ahead, you can enjoy a garden that will grow well without the need for chemicals.
Grouping plants together allows for less water waste, makes it easier to target with organic manures or compost and other nutrients as well as reduces time spent on weeding.
There are several benefits to growing your organic garden in shade. If you have no natural shade, you can create shade with a canopy. Shaded gardens are easier to maintain, grow fewer weeds and require less watering.
One of the biggest concerns with organic gardening is pest control. However, there are several pest control options that are completely safe and natural to use. Organic pest control works best if you can identify which type of pest is problematic in your garden. Once you know this, you can introduce natural predators that are deadly to the pest but completely safe for your crops. You can also use natural products such as diatomaceous earth, which is a bug killer so safe you can eat it. There are several organic solutions you can make such as with neem oil or liquid dishwashing detergent.
Weeds are another trouble area for gardeners and many people wonder how they can garden without using a synthetic weed killer. There are a few options for organic gardening such as using mulch to prevent weeds, pulling weeds by hand or making an organic weed killer, most of which are cheap, natural and non-toxic.
One of the best things you can do to control pests, and weeds, is to act quickly. Once you spot a problem, take appropriate measures to deal with it immediately. The longer you let the problem go, the harder it will be to resolve.
With these fundamental organic gardening tips and the right attitude, you will enjoy the many and healthy benefits of your new garden.