Short Cuts to Organic Gardening
In our last couple of blogs, we have discussed the benefits of starting an organic garden and what kind of plants and flowers would be ideal for your garden.
In this blog, we are going to discuss some short cuts to taking care of your organic garden.
These are just a few simple tips for those of you who may have started your garden already (or want to) but need just a little help either getting started or looking for tips on how to keep your garden strong and healthy.
We’ve mentioned before that watering plants and flowers in the morning helps them out, but this is especially true for an organic garden because it keeps away powdery mildew and other fungal diseases that can be brought on by heat and humidity.
If the growing season in your area is longer than expected, you are going to need more compost. Longer seasons mean your garden is going to need more nutrients and organic matter in the soil.
A good mulch to use which may surprise you, is coffee grounds.
Not all bugs are bad for your garden. If you are trying to grow parsley, dill, or fennel, lady bugs are good to have in your garden. Who knew?
If you are growing lettuce and cabbage, try to keep dirt off the leaves and put mulch around them why they are growing. This will help keep the weeds away.
Combining some plants and allowing them to grow together, may also be a good thing because they can get nutrients from one another especially if one plant dies, it can still gain nutrients.
Ok I don’t know how this will help most of you because you probably don’t live around them, but just in case you didn’t know, bats are good natural pest control. I’m not saying go out there, go to a pet store and buy a bat to help with pest control in your garden, but if you do see them flying around, don’t fret. In all likelihood they are there to keep rodents from taking over your garden.
If you don’t want to have any pest problems, it starts with having good soil. A good soil helps keeps your garden healthy and keeps out unwanted bugs and insects who may try to invade your space.
Try to rotate your crops every year to keep down diseases and pest problems. It also helps plants that have problems with nutrients.
Don’t use railroad ties if you have a vegetable garden. Railroad ties have deadly toxicants that could be harmful to your plants.
Seed sprouts need to be watered at least once or twice a day so they don’t dry out and die. A sprinkling of water a couple of times a day should be just enough to keep the sprouts from getting too dry.
As we have said previously, taking care of an organic garden is not that hard especially if you already have experience with other gardens.
A lot of what has been mentioned can also be used in a regular garden as well. Most of the so-called short cuts are really just helpful hints that anyone can use.
These tips are easy to follow and understand and not very hard to do. Most of these tips are just encouraging good habits to get into when starting an organic garden.
Like watering in the morning which most of you probably do anyway, or buying good soil so your garden is not invaded by an unwanted pest.
The key to having any healthy garden organic or otherwise comes down to just taking good care of it.