29 Jul How-To Get Started With Organic Gardening
Organic food has become very popular these days. With a lot of people practicing organic diet to achieve good fitness and health, organic goods have become in demand in the market however it is a lot more expensive than the usual goods that aren’t organic that we buy in the market. If you want to go on a vegan diet, why not grow your own organic garden at home?
For many of us, the idea of having a vegetable garden right in our garden seems like a pretty good idea and seems practical. Imagine picking your vegetables from your garden. However, if you insist on being an organic eater, an organic farm can become somewhat like a fantasy. Truth be told, it is challenging to grow organic plants. Since they are grown without chemicals for pest control and commercial fertilizers, it is challenging to grow them the organic way.
Sure that we’d like to enjoy healthy vegetables freshly picked from our own garden, but with all the things you need to consider and know such as soil, compost, maintenance and the planting itself, it seems intimidating and impossible to pull it all off. But it isn’t really impossible. All you need is patience and the willingness to get your hands dirty to weed and water. Here are some steps that you can follow if you want to start your very own organic garden:
Prepare your Soil.
Before getting too excited about planting your organic garden, you need to make sure first and foremost if the soil that you have is properly conditioned for planting. Healthy soil helps build healthy, productive plants. Since you want to go organic, make sure that your soils are not in anyway added with chemical soil treatments. Remember that they can seep into your food. Instead of chemicals, treat your soil with humus and prepare a good compost to go together with your planting. It’s easy to prepare plus it’s organic.
Choose the Right Plants
If you are a newbie in organic planting, you don’t wanna be choosing a plant that is difficult to grow especially that growing requires more effort than the normal planting. Choose plants that will be well adjusted to the light source, moisture, drainage and soil quality.
If you are planning to plant using plant seedlings, make sure that they are not treated with any chemicals and fertilizers as well. It is actually best to grow plants from seeds.
Controlling pests is what makes it more challenging. First of all, grow healthy plants. Pests usually target weak or unhealthy plants so choose the right plants that can easily adapt to the conditions they are put in. Use natural fertilizers to boost health and always keep them hydrated but not soaked and shaded.
If it can’t be helped that insects and other pests will go to your plants, the best way you can do is to rely on the food chain. You can plant herbs and flowers near you vegetable garden to lure ladybugs and other pests that feed on nectar. If ever your plant is already fruiting, you can cover the fruit until it is ready to be harvested, it serves as a barrier that will keep the pests away.