Whether you are a beginner in gardening or you are well familiar with the spade and secateurs, you need to ditch the conventional methods and switch to organic solutions. There are many benefits of the organic gardening – from reducing the toxic ingredients and maintaining an eco – friendly soil to growing healthy and safe greenery.
Undoubtedly the chemical products such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers provide instant results. The traditional solutions make gardening far easier, dealing quickly and effectively with weeds and pests. But on what price? The hazardous elements found in the chemical fertilizers and pesticides kill the soil’s micro-environment, vital for enriching the soil with nutrients. Organic gardening is a mild way to treat the plants without harming the vital bacteria in the ground. It also saves you money, not only because you work with what you already have in your house, but because it will cut from your water and electric bill.
1. Pick A Place
For those of you, who are just starting with gardening, choosing an appropriate place is essential. If you already have your garden set up, you need to simply invest certain amount of efforts, time and money to move to organic treating.
- An ideal spot for a garden would have a number of characteristics such as enough sun penetration, good air flow, healthy soil and functional slope of land.
- The last requirement might sound a little bit vague. The position of the garden plays a huge role. If it faces south it will receive more warmth during the winter, but will require more water in the summer. If you live an area with constant high temperatures, choose the north – facing slope. Do the opposite if your local climate is cooler.
- It is hard to find a perfect location. If there is not enough room, you should change the garden’s bed shape or size. If the place is predominantly shady, pick greenery that doesn’t need much light.
- If you are dealing with unhealthy soil, you should either wait until you gradually improve its condition or buy new soil from the gardening shop (in case you have your garden in an urban area)
2. Prepare The Soil
In order to achieve the best results, you should be sure that the soil is well conditioned. The safest way is to test the land, before treating it. The key to for fostering a healthy and fertile soil is the good compost. It will feed the plans, conserve the water and reduce the weed development. Measure the space to check how much compost you will need. A simple compost pile with leaves and trimmings will do the job. Occasionally turn the material to ensure the air flow. The proper pile should not smell.
3. Choose The Right Plants
You need to select your seeding that can not only survive the conditions of your environment, but also that grow fast. In this way your plants will outgrow the weeds, stopping the penetration of sunlight, eventually killing the irritants. You make a mixture of both fast and slow-growing greenery.
The best thing of organic gardening is that you can finally recycle the leftovers of your kitchens. Egg shells and other organic matter will turn to the perfect nutrients from your plants.
5. Deal With The Weeds
When you’re growing an organic gardening, the only way to deal with the weeds is the old – fashioned way – with the hoe. You can also kneel and simply rip off the weeds. Organic mulches such as bark and wood chips also keep the weeds at bay.
6. Welcome Insects and Worms
You don’t need pesticides to kill the pests. Let the ladybugs do the job for you. Other organic weapons include naturally occurring bacteria that remove the leaf – eaters.
With these simple changes you can ensure a healthy and eco – friendly lawn maintenance and gardening.
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