Three Tips for Organic Gardening

Whether you have a large backyard, or even a small balcony, you can create a flower or fruit and vegetable garden. We dedicated a small put of land to grow tomatoes and peppers, and are very excited every summer when we get to eat our very own produce. However, most common fertilizers and materials you purchase at the store have harmful chemicals that are dangerous for your organic garden. To avoid those, it is important to read up on natural ways to promote growth and crop without harming our health. When growing an organic vegetable garden, choosing the plants that fit best in the environment they will be planted is important. This will ensure that they have a more likely chance of thriving, rather than being wiped out by disease or pests. There are many pointers for successful organic gardening; three of the most important pieces of information regarding growing a vegetable garden include tips about: natural plant food, crop rotation, and planting additional flowers.

Natural Plant Food

When feeding and fertilizing a vegetable garden, using manure from herbivores, as well as other naturally occurring materials, is key. Manure is the most common type of fertilizer, which is excellent for organic gardening as it is purely the excrements from horses, pigs, cows, chickens, or sheep. Animal manure kills the seeds that cause damaging weeds, as well as bacteria that harm produce. Alternatively, blood meal is recommended to increase the yield of fruits and vegetables in an organic garden, says the Mother Nature Network. Blood meal is a natural source of nitrogen, which is necessary for plants to be able to convert sunlight into the sugar they need to grow. Blood meal is created as a by-product of animal processing.

Crop Rotation

If growing a vegetable garden, it is important to change the placement of each plant on an annual basis. This is known as crop rotation, and is necessary to reduce the risk of disease.  When plants are positioned in the same spot all the time, disease can built up in that spot and harm the produce in an organic garden. The rule of crop rotation applies to plants in the same family as well, due to the fact that the same diseases can affect plants of the same species. Better Homes and Gardens notes that two of the largest plant families are tomatoes (including: peppers, eggplant, and potatoes) and squash (including: pumpkin, cucumber, and watermelon.)Organic vegetable garden

Planting Flowers

Aside from aesthetic appeal, planting various types of flowers will attract beneficial bugs to an organic garden. Certain types of bugs ward off other harmful insects that can cause damage to a vegetable garden. Better Homes and Gardens lists flowers that are great for this facet of organic gardening, including:

  •      Daisies
  •      Marigolds
  •      Black-Eyed Susans
  •      Sunflowers
  •      Purple Coneflowers

Organic gardening is the process of growing flora without the use of manufactured chemicals. As an additional tip, plants should not be watered in the afternoon or evening, as wet leaves may attract disease. It’s best to water in the early morning so that the plants have water to sustain them throughout the day, especially during hot summer days. Water should be delivered directly to the root of the plant, rather than covering the entire plant in water.

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