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Tending Your Organic Garden

These days, organic gardening is gaining recognition because of its non-chemical and eco-friendly nature. Enhancing your garden without the help of chemical compounds to grow healthy fruit and vegetables, and plants in general, is a good method of maintaining balance in nature. Because no additional chemicals are used to enhance the natural attributes of organic gardening, regular garden tending practices are what are referred to as “enhancements”. With hard work in making sure that the plants are well taken care-of, you will be able to grow healthy, tasty and safe vegetables to eat.

Below are some organic gardening tips to provide your plants with a suitable environment to grow and propagate.

Supplementing with Mulch

Mulch is any organic matter that is applied to the surface of the soil to reduce the need for watering and weeding, while stabilizing the soil’s natural temperature. Almost any organic matter can be incorporated to produce mulch, from newspaper to leaves and dehydrated manure. This organic matter will eventually decompose. The by-products of decomposition will provide additional nutrients into the natural soil, and at the same time enhancing its structure. Always make sure that before spreading the mulch, you have already taken out all the weeds in the planting area. Also, avoid putting mulch directly on top of seedlings or seeds.

Weeding the Plot

Use safety gear when tending your organic garden

Use safety gear when tending your organic garden

Because organic herbicides that are sold in garden stores can be expensive, and in some cases hard to find, the best strategy can be to pull out weeds with your bare hands. Pull weeds out before they grow too large. If weeds are present, they will be competing with your plants to get as many nutrients as they can. When this happens, your plant will grow weak and may eventually die. To prevent this from happening, pull all the weeds out as well as their roots.

Watering Your Plants

Almost all varieties of plants need regular watering.  Newly planted plants, plants bearing vegetables or fruits, and plants with shallow roots may need more water, while those that are located in shady areas need less.

Soaker hoses have tiny holes in them to allow water to seep deep down into the soil to the plants’ roots. Using soaker hoses is an eco-friendly method of watering, as it efficiently conserves water by going straight into the ground and minimizes evaporation. While it is essential to keep moisture in the soil around the plants’ roots, it also is advisable to keep the leaves as dry as possible. This way, they are less likely to be attacked by fungus.

If you do use a regular garden hose, make sure to moisten the soil thoroughly. Try to water around the base of the plant, and not on the foliage only. Lastly, water the plants during the early morning or late afternoon rather than midday to minimize evaporation.

Incorporating mulch, weeding the plot and watering your plants the correct way are simple but very effective ways to improve your garden. By combining these organic gardening practices, you will be well on the way to successfully growing your very own fresh, healthy and tasty fruit and vegetables.

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