The basics of organic gardening are quite simple, but it takes time to achieve a perfect balance
The switch to organic gardening is a wise move, but it does take time to reach the goal of a perfect balance among soil content, insect controls, and thriving plants. The general premise is to avoid use of pesticides and manmade chemicals and return your yard to a natural state. That's not to mean neglect; rather, it is a concerted effort to enrich the environment through composting and encouraging beneficial insects while controlling and preventing weeds and pests. Over time, you'll enjoy a decidedly improved garden.
One of the first steps should be to set up a compost area. For aesthetic appeal, you may want to purchase a compost bin. A specialized container will not only speed up the process but will be in compliance with city ordinances. There are a few things that should never go into a compost pile; these include animal proteins, all bones, and cheese or other dairy products. Be careful with weed cuttings, also. Unless they are completely killed off, they may regenerate, even after composted.
You do not have to have compost ready to go before your first plantings. There are plenty of organic fertilizer products on the market to get you started. Plus, mulch is one of the must-haves to protect plants and soil.
Successful organic growing also means including plants and vegetables that have adapted to the climate and soil in your area. Native plants will be healthier from the start, leaving less work for you in cultivation and maintenance. It is generally advised to mix and match plants, as opposed to installing one type of flower or vegetable. This will prevent mass destruction if a pest or disease is attracted to one particular species over another.
Barriers are among the best preventions of pests and weeds. Sticky traps at the perimeter, netting, and collars will solve many problems. Regular weeding and leaf inspections will also decrease the possibilities of infestations. You may, however, find at some point the need for a pesticide. It is important to first make the correct identification of the problem; then shop for an organic or natural solution.
These are just a
few basic pointers to get you started. Visit with the experts at your
local home and garden store for exact tips on the types of organic garden
you want to create.
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