10 Tips for the Best Organic Garden
Soil is your garden’s foundation. You can find great organic soil at your local home store or make you own by amending your soil with organic material such as composted manure or yard and kitchen scrap compost. This will get your dirt off to a good start. Learn how to teach your kids how to compost. They love getting involved.
Starting with organic seeds is a must for a truly organic garden, but don’t go overboard. Choose the right seeds for your area and season. There is nothing more disappointing than your plants dying due to the heat or cold. Start your seeds at the right time for your region.
Some people like to sow their seeds directly in the ground. I have always had much better luck starting my seeds indoors. Get a small green house or start your seeds in a recycled egg carton. My kids love watching them sprout and it gets them involved in the gardening process.
Including a wide variety of plants in your garden and planting them according to their relationship with others helps in many ways. For instance, bean plants fix nitrogen into the soil, which corn plants use to produce healthy cobs. Corn provides support for the climbing vines of the bean family. Add squash to the base and you have instant weed control! You can do some quick google searches to find other great garden companions.
Using good watering practices is ideal for Organic Gardening. You can capture and store rain in rain barrels , use drip hoses, and plenty of mulch. Even if you don’t use rain barrels water in the evening or morning hours. Just not in the heat of the day to prevent evaporation. Mulch helps keep the soil moist and prevent it from drying out as fast.
There are a lot of organic pest control products on the market. I am sure many of them are wonderful but they can be costly. You can make you own Organic Pest Control Spray at home for a fraction of the cost.
Earthworms play an important role in breaking down dead organic matter in a process known as decomposition. Earthworms are also responsible for mixing soil layers and incorporating organic matter into the soil. If you do not have them you can purchase them in your local fishing store. Get more info about starting your own worm farm with kids too!
Weeds are a pain. In organic gardening plan on getting dirty the good ole fashioned way by pulling your weeds by hand. It is also a great workout. 😉 Remember, keeping plants close helps prevent weed growth. Natural mulch is another great method. Not only does it help prevent weeds, it has the added benefit of providing nutrients into the soil as it breaks down.
Plant Some Flowers
A few flowers will not only help your garden look prettier, but they may also attract beneficial bugs. These good guys in the garden attack insect pests such as aphids and tomato hornworms. Don’t worry about these good bugs: Most types are small enough that you’ll hardly notice them in the garden.
Some Great choices are…
- Bachelor’s Button
- Black-eyed Susan
- Purple Coneflower
My number one Organic Gardening tip is to enjoy! I love getting outside, and getting my hands in the dirt. My kids love to get involved, and we all get excited to see the fruits of our labor. Organic Gardening shouldn’t be a chore, but something you do to relax, and take pride in the fact you can grow your own food for your family.