Organic gardening and holistic lifestyles go hand in hand. People living this type of lifestyle typically need to grow herbs and other plants to experience the health benefits, and they have to be grown organically. See the piece that follows for several effective ideas for growing an organic garden.
Use soap on your plants. Not much is worse than a bad aphid infestation. Your plants will look terrible, and eventually die, if the bugs continue to work on your plants. To get rid of them now, fill a spray bottle with dish soap and water. Spray thoroughly, and repeat as needed.
Use organic mulch. Any material that is spread over the soil is considered mulch. It helps to keep weeds at bay, holds moisture in the soil, and keeps the ground cool in summer and warm in winter. Examples of mulch include compost, shredded leaves, fine wood chips, straw and grass clippings.
To help spread mulch easily, you can use a flat-head rake or a bow. If you are using a rake, you should use the rakes tined edge to pull and spread your mulch. Use the flat side of the rake to even your mulch on the bed. You will want to use a light push then pull action.
When developing your compost pile, use equal measures of dried and green material. Green plant material includes grass clippings, spent flowers, vegetable and fruit waste, weeds and leaves. Dried plant material, however, can include items such as cardboard, sawdust and shredded paper. Do not include charcoal, ashes, meat, carnivorous animal manure or diseased plants.
A rule of thumb followed by many planters is to bury the seeds in soil to a depth of around three times the diameter of the actual seed. It is important to note though, that not all seeds are covered to this depth, as some need direct sunlight to grow properly. Petunia and ageratum seeds need direct sunlight, for example. If you aren’t sure, look online or at the package.
Add vines to your landscape. You can get a wide range of plants that are vines. Some ornamental, and some fruit or vegetable varieties. Vines can grow up most fences or structures. Use them to create more interesting landscapes in your yard. Have them grow up an awning, and create shade for you.
If you follow proper organic growing conditions you may find that you are better able to market your produce at the local fruit stands and farmer’s markets. Organic produce is very popular now because people are beginning to see all the health benefits of eating an organic whole food diet.
One of the best parts about using foods that are organic or from organic gardens is that they do not have any type of pesticides used on them. While organic foods are healthy for your family, you will still need to check closely for bugs or worms.
As in most things, the more you know about organic gardening, the more successful you will be. There is a lot more to learn about organic gardening.