Grow an Organic Garden in Your Backyard.
If you’re interested in gardening, starting an organic garden can be very fun to do. As with any form of gardening it is going to take a bit of planning, but with the right efforts you could begin producing healthy fruits and veggies that you can enjoy throughout the year. While you might be anxious to get out in your yard and start planting, some thought has to be made for the sake of the garden. Below are a few guidelines to get you started.
Plant What You Need
For those who have a particularly small backyard it does not make sense to plant more than you need. Spacing is very important when using your backyard for gardening and thus this should be taken into consideration. Think about how much you’re actually going to need and how much space that would require.
Note: If you don’t have a lot of space you could always consider adding in vegetables that grow on vines. This frees up some of your space but still allows you to grow right from the comfort of your home.
Plant Where There’s Light
Plants flourish the best when they are situated in an area that has lots of sunlight. You must survey your yard to first find out which areas are best suited for planting. Look for shady spots, sunny areas, and more before deciding where to place your plants.
Plant Seeds That Will Thrive
Not all plants are great growers in different regions of climate. When considering starting an organic garden in your backyard, you must consider the type of weather you get. For novice gardeners especially finding plants that grow in your climate and soil means less maintenance overall.
Now that you’ve determined the best area for planting your organic garden, you’re going to need to consider the types of containers you’re going to plant in. You can easily use raised beds, pedestals, or shaped containers.
What is a garden without a splash of color? Get creative in yoru color choices and schemes throughout so that your garden is not only beneficial to your health but also very attractive to look at. You can color coordinate by choosing colors that complement each other, or you could opt to be as colorful as you’d like. How do you add color? By planting a few flowers throughout your garden to offset the “greenery” you’re going to see once the plants start to grow.
Last but not least you should be adding style and personality to your organic garden. After all, the garden is going to be in your yard and thus you want to make it as appealing to look at as possible. You can add small features such as stone slabs, gravel, stones, brick pavers, and more to your garden. Adding features such as stepping stones or slabs makings accessing and maintain your yard much easier. It is also a great idea to add a fence or stone wall to distinguish the boundaries between your garden and your backyard.
Have fun when creating your backyard organic garden. Remember, it’s a garden for you to enjoy, so you don’t have to stick with what everyone else is doing. Make your garden as unique as possible.
Planting an Organic Garden is easy to do
If done correctly Organic gardening can produce very healthy and high quality foods. Those who choose to grow their own foods may find that organic gardening is the best way to go. Through its natural methods of producing crops, those who have their own gardens are safe from harsh chemicals. Not to mention that the gardening is a great way to give back to the environment and wildlife. By learning the tricks of the trade, you could successfully start an organic garden in your window, front, or backyard. If you’re new to gardening consider these tips for starting off right.
Choose an Area
The first order of business is to determine where you’re going to grow your organic garden. If you’re a novice gardener all around, starting with a smaller area is best to determine how well you will do. When choosing an area for gardening, remember to select an area that receives lots of sunlight and also to select an area that is easy for you to maintain. While larger areas produce more crops, if you’re not aware of how to maintain it all, you are wasting more money than saving.
Make Your Compost
Since soil conditions can vary from horrible to great, adding composts ensures that the soil is healthy enough for your crops to flourish. Therefore, the next order of business will be to create compost for your garden. There are lots of different materials that you can use that will enrich your soil. Creating compost does not have to mean spending a lot of money as many materials can be found right in your backyard.
Again, the only way your crops will grow is if you have the necessary soil to nurture it. Now is the time to combine your compost with your soil. The more compost added, the better your soil is for the garden. High quality soil enhances the growth of your crops as it nourishes the plants, and allows the roots to penetrate to get water and air as it is needed.
Choose Your Crops
Next on the agenda for starting an organic garden is adding seeds. You will need to determine which types of seeds you start off with. As you are planting the seeds make sure that you leave enough space for the plants to grow.
Make it Your Own
After doing all the hard work, now you can have a little fun by adding character to your organic garden. Putting in some bird feeders, and other garden knick knacks can add style and appeal to your garden.
The only other thing to do is to maintain the garden. One highly important detail includes removing the weeds in order to enhance growth results. Make sure that the garden is receiving enough water and that you check on the routine bases for any insects or other pest that could hinder the growth process. In due time with patience, tender, love, and care you should be able to see some crops growing before the next season hits.
Choosing your fertilizer
Of course there are a lot of different kinds of fertilizer, so which one would you choose? While you can easily purchase some organic fertilizer in the stores, chances are that it will still contain some type of chemical in it. With that being said, if you’re looking for an all natural fertilizer you might opt to use composts, manure, mulches, and other natural ingredients to keep your garden flourishing.
There are real advantages to having an organic fertilizer. One of the main benefits is that there are no chemicals involved at any point. Avoiding chemicals means safer crops to eat when you’re ready. Also, truly natural fertilizers can be created with ingredients around the home saving you even more money. Below are a few choices for natural fertilizers that you could consider adding to your organic garden.
Manures are likely one of the naturalist methods of fertilizing your garden. They contain high levels of nutrients and are rated as being the most potent. When opting to use manure, remember to dilute it a bit so that it is at a safe level for your plants. Using it in its pure form could damage the plants. Start by adding small bits and increase if necessary.
While composts and mulches have fewer nutrients in them to supply to the plants they do have a great added benefit. Composts can significantly improve the overall quality of your soil as it acts as a slow releasing fertilizer and an aid for water retention. Mulch however spreads around the entire top portion of your garden and aids in keeping the soil moist while decreasing evaporation. Less evaporation means less need to water the plants in your garden.
How to Make Composts
Composts are very easy to make and can typically be done with a few “green” ingredients around your home. You can add different forms of green waste from the kitchen such as teabags, paper, eggshells, and more. By adding to your compost pile and turning it in your yard regularly will result in effective compost that is great for nurturing plants within a few months! The longer you allow the compost to sit, the more beneficial it will be for your plants. While there are no clear instructions on composting, you should try to keep the pile warm, moist, and filled with nature’s ingredients. If the compost starts to create a horrible smell, add a bit of garden lime as this will reduce the smell right away.
Selecting which type of organic gardening fertilizer you want to use will really come down to personal preference and the types of resources you have available to you. For instance, creating a compost pile while living inside of an apartment for your indoor organic garden might not be advised and thus should stick with organic fertilizers from the store. The good news in all of this however is that no matter which of the above choices you decide to go with, their benefits will far outweigh the harm that chemically induced fertilizers can cause.
How to Get Rid of Bugs in My Organic Garden
Starting an organic garden is great for your health and can ultimately save you hundreds of dollars each year. However, if you’re not careful about taking preventative measures in your garden, you run the risk of having it attacked by bugs and pests of all kinds. This would defeat the purpose of saving money. Using pesticides and other harmful chemicals eliminates the idea of a fully natural garden and such chemicals if not cleaned thoroughly from the crops could cause health problems. If you’ve just started a garden or simply can’t seem to figure out how to remove them naturally, these tips will certainly help out.
Alright, so you probably never thought that a spare pair of panty hose could keep the bugs away in your garden but they are great deterrents. All you have to do is take a pair of panty hose and stretch them so that they cover your tomato plants. This keeps birds, squirrels, and other pests away. Pantyhose are very versatile and serve several purposes in your garden. You can also keep the bugs away from your small fruits and vegetables by pulling a pair over the wire cages. Some gardeners have even praised the use of pantyhose for preventing ground rot in melons. All you have to do is slide the melon into the foot of a pantyhose and then tie the top half of the pantyhose to a stake. This allows the melon to hang just above the ground while it continues to grow.
The next time you make something that requires eggs don’t throw the shells away. You can actually place them in your garden for use as a pest repellant. Egg shells are great for keeping elk and deer from eating up your plants. There is nothing required for prepping the shells you simply throw them near your crops. What’s great about the shells is that they are also great to use for fertilizer.
Cayenne pepper is ideal for keeping away pesky bugs such as ants away from your organic garden. All you have to do is sprinkle a bit of the seasoning onto the soil in your garden. This will work as long as you remember to sprinkle more periodically as it rains or as you water your plants. Cayenne pepper is also a safe repellant to keep your pets out of your yard. Often dogs like to dig up the gardens and cats like to turn the garden into the liter box. A few shakes of cayenne pepper will deter your pets from turning your garden upside down.
Last but certainly not least dish soap can work wonders for keeping the bugs out. All you need is a clean spray bottle, some dish soap, and water. Add 1 part dish soap and 10 parts water to the clear spray bottle. Spray it lightly over all of your plants and watch the bugs go crawling the other way. Dish soap is much safer on plants and does not harm
So with a few household items you can easily protect your garden by fighting nature with nature.
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