Organic Gardening had became a need for healthy food. Consuming organic food not only helps you, but also for the future generation. That is arguably one of the strongest reason why more and more people are engaging in organic gardening.
This article will focus on the basics of organic gardening which many do not understand for each Organic Gardeners.
So, what exactly is organic garden?
The basic rule of organic garden is to plant and grow your crops without the obvious use of fertilizers, chemical pesticides and other synthetic products, making it 100 percent all-natural. In other words, chemical free so that it doesn’t harm or in some cases, kill humans.
Think simple. Organic Gardening is easy but people tend to make it a lot more complicated. Below are some basics of organic gardening that many simply ignore or don’t know.
Basics #1: Healthy Soil
Ask any Organic gardener out there if having a healthy soil is important. Definitely it is! A healthy soil should be filled with nitrogen so that the plant can be healthy.
A good location of sunlight and air constitutes to healthy growth.
Clay soil is the most ideal type in organic gardening, compared to normal sand and garden soil. They are richer in nutrients and best at retaining water for replenishing plants.
A word of advice though, always ensure that the soil you are using hits a pH value of 6.8 for optimal healthy growth.
Don’t panic if you can’t get healthy soil. Basics #2 should fill you in.
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Basics #2: Organic Matters Are VERY Important
Organic matters will provide high nutrients for the soil. These nutrients serves as a NEED for the plants. Without them, they die. Simple. Same goes with water.
What are organic matters, you may ask..
Organic matters can be almost anything that is decaying or animal waste that is mixed together with soil.
Other organic matters includes, grass clippings, dried leaves.
More would be scraps from your kitchen (vegetables stalks, peels of fruits, fish heads be in fresh or cooked, etc.)
Add these organic matters on top of your plants so that they can absorb the nutrients in well.
Basic #3: Controlling And Maintaining your garden against pests and diseases
Your main aim of organic gardening is to maintain your organic garden without the use of synthetic chemicals, going all-natural products.
Many people make the mistake of using chemicals and shamefully spread that they own an organic garden.
Since the used of chemicals are banned. You should then go and familiarize yourself with the basic natural organic methods and knowledge on how to deal with and prevent these pests from lurking around or even breeding in your garden.
The common pests you should take note are
- Army worms
- Cabbage worms
- Asparagus Beetle
Never fail to take time off to take care of your garden. Inspect on them, daily if you can, making sure to spot any sign of plant illness or pesky pests that you can prevent in the early stages.
Otherwise, don’t blame me if you own an “insect-ic” garden instead of an organic garden.
Basic #4: Understand Your Climate For Your Ideal Plants
It’s really very simple! Always know what you can plant! that’s really one of the basics for organic gardeners. Don’t plant a crop that is not for this season but! Plant something suitable for the climate.
Always read the description on the seeds before purchasing from your garden stores. Don’t waste your time and money on something that can’t grow.
All in all, you should understand at least 4 basics of organic gardening. Having a healthy soil is important, feeding your soil with organic matters are essential, spending your time to take care of your organic garden to spot early troubles and understanding your climate for your suitable plants.