“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture.”– Thomas Jefferson
Is the backyard of your home bared? Do you want to adorn it with a beautiful garden? If yes, opt for an organic garden, and contribute in reducing the toxins and pesticides from the environment.
1. Check the Health of the Soil
Properly conditioned soil is essential for getting best results. You can use home testing kit, to determine the quality of your soil. Alternatively, you can send the sample of the soil to local agricultural extension office. This way, you can get the entire information of the nutrient and pH level. Mould your gardening program accordingly.
2. Use Organic Supplies
Never use synthetic chemicals, artificial fertilizers or pesticides for your garden. Many natural and eco-friendly products are available in the market for treating soil issues, diseases, pests and weeds. You can use leftover wood chips, fruits, vegetables and grass clippings as compost for the plants.
3. Encourage Friendly Micro-organisms
Allow some eco-friendly fungi (like, mycorrhizae) and earthworms to grow in the garden. These fungi help in absorbing nutrients and moisture. Earthworms aerate the soil by letting the oxygen go deep inside. Worm’s excretory product serves as natural manure.
4. Be Meticulous About Seeds
Choose the seeds according to the climate.
Different seeds are required to be sowed at different depth, so before sowing, read the instructions given on the seed packet, carefully.
5. Plant Strategically
Group the plants tightly and grow them in wide beds. Grouping trims down the wastage of water and put off weeds. There should be sufficient space between the rows, so as to reduce the fungal attacks and prop up air circulation.
6. Water Properly
Do you know what is the best time to water the plants? Morning! The chances of water getting evaporated are less at this time. Watering the plants in the evening, make them easily prone to bacterial and fungal attacks, as they remain moist over night.
7. Make Your Garden Welcoming to Birds and Insects
For making your garden inviting to insects, hummingbirds and bees, mount a birdbath and grow berry bushes. If feasible, plant a bunch of evergreen shrubs and a tree, at a height of 10-12 feet. Birds and insects help a lot in pollination.
8. Monitor Your Garden Daily
Growing an organic garden is not an easy chore. It requires regular maintenance. Exterminate the weeds, when required. Clear the dead leaves. Dead foliages invite bacteria and imbalances your garden.
9. Eradicate Weeds Naturally
Don’t allow the weeds to grow in your garden. Pull up them by your hands. Alternatively, put some salt in the bottom of the bucket. Fill it with water and mix well. Spray this salty solution on the weeds. Avoid spraying on plant; otherwise, it improves the pH of the soil.
10. Complement the Plants
Grow squash and beans together. You can also grow corn and potatoes, simultaneously. It helps in increasing the fertility of the soil.
Grow yummy organic produce at your own and save money.