Things You should Know About Organic Gardening
Also known as “horticultural therapy” organic gardening is the best way to stay fit, emotionally and physically. Nothing can get you better food and satisfaction than growing your own organic garden. When the seasons change you come out and start working on your garden. Organic garden gives you healthy food free from all the toxins unlike what you eat in today’s life but at the same time requires hard work, dedication and efforts.
So here is all what you need to know:
Space is not a big issue. You can easily find some space in your area or you can go for container gardening that involves the use of pot and containers. Choose the area that is well exposed to sunlight every day say at least 5 hours daily.
The first step is to check the pH level of your soil which should be around 6.5. You can bring variations to the ph level by adding sulfur or lime to the soil. You can find some ph test kits in the market to test your soil. Going organic is good because it is better for your health as well as for environment and nature. So organic soil which is rich in nutrients will make your garden grow healthier and tastier without toxins. So grab some organic or if you have dirt then turn it into soil by adding organic matter to it. You must know that organic matter will not last longer period of time and so the idea is to add another layer of compost to the soil if you are returning after a season or so. Place 3 inches layer of compost over your soil and work your soil with the help of tiller so that the compost adjusts well in the soil.
Compost will help you get bigger, tastier and healthier plants. It will also keep the trash barrel quite light at the end of every week. Turn and water the compost pile weekly.
You can add and mix water and compost in equal proportions to make compost tea. Leave it be for a while and then you can use this tea to pour around the growing plants. This works as a cup of coffee for your plants. For smaller seedlings dilute the combination to one part of compost and four parts of water.
Remember the rule that thin leaves require more water than those thick leaves in order to stay alive. Don’t forget to water your plant every morning as this helps in keeping the fungal diseases and a harmful tissue in humid condition away. Water your plants deeply and thoroughly. As against this shallow watering will make the roots stick to the surface which makes them weaker and they are more likely to wilt in short supply of water.
If earthworms are taking place then do not pick and throw them away. They are good at making the air space in the soil for more oxygen and nutrients to reach them. Presence of earthworms and healthy microbes make plants stronger. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants that fight off the pests and disease efficiently. This way you would be able avoid the step of adding pesticides in your plants.
If cutworms are bothering you then save your plants by adding a cutworm collar to the stem of the plants with the help of a toilet paper or a news paper. This way you can prevent your plants from the attack of cutworms.
Why organic gardening?
Organic gardening involves the use of non-toxic material which has no side effects on your yard and can be used directly on the soil. Organic compost is easily available and is made out of the scarps that you use in your day to day life such as crushed egg shells, coffee grounds, vegetable peels, etc. Also when you feed your soil with the organic compost, it resumes to it’s healthier state. Other than this, this is friendly for your environment. By organic gardening you are doing well for yourself, for nature and for your country. So keep up the hard work because it is totally worth it.