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Organic Gardening Ideas

5 Essential Tips for Successful Organic Gardening

Growing your own organic vegetables is the best way to ensure that your family has access to nutritious, pesticide-free produce. There's also a certain satisfaction that comes from growing your own food. Organic gardening doesn't have to be difficult or expensive, and by following a few simple steps, you'll be eating home-grown organic produce in no time.

5 Tips for Successful Organic Gardening

Healthy Soil

Healthy soil is the foundation for your garden because it offers your plants the nutrients and support they need to thrive. If you're just getting your garden started, it's not a bad idea to have your soil tested, either by a professional or using a home kit, so that you know what you're working with.

The very highest quality soil will be 25% air, 25% water, 40% mineral matter, and 10% organic material. If you test your soil and find that it's deficient, you may be able to improve its quality by composting

Companion Planting

Certain plants, when they're in the ground beside each other, support each other and work together to efficiently use and replenish nutrients. Bean plants, for example, contribute nitrogen to the soil, which is helpful to corn plants, which rely on nitrogen to produce cobs. Doing a little advance research and planting vegetables that support each other together is a great way to boost your gardening results.

Cover Crops

Planting a cover crop, or a crop that you grow between garden seasons, is also a way of supporting the health of your soil and the overall infrastructure of your garden. Cover crops can help prevent erosion, minimize weeds during your off season, and feed the beneficial insects you want to keep around. Beneficial insects are the ones that help with pollination. In some cases, they also eat other insects and bugs that are destructive.

Garden Layout

As you plant the vegetables or the seeds you've selected, think about how dense the plantings will be. Keeping the plants close together is a great way of combating weeds and cutting down on water use. If you plant them too close together, they'll crowd each other and you'll run the risk of disease and fungus. It's kind of a tricky balancing act and something to pay attention to as you start to map out your garden.

Watering Strategies

Garden soil that is healthy and composted actually holds onto water quite well, so don't be tempted to over-water. Water your plants thoroughly when they are in need of it, slowly soaking the soil the way rain does. Deep occasional watering, as opposed to light, daily watering, helps your plants develop a solid root system. Don't direct the water too forcefully, which can disrupt seedlings and cause a crusty upper layer of soil to develop.

Try to avoid watering during the hottest part of the day. Watering when the temperature is extremely high can scorch plant leaves and deny roots of the full moisture they need.

Gardening without the use of pesticides is simple and rewarding. Whether you're new to gardening or you've already developed a green thumb, have a look at our accessories for the resources you need to be success
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