Organic gardening is a philosophy that advocates for the better health of the whole system and the well-being of the environment. To make your garden organic you need to free yourself from all the manmade chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides. The emphasis is on cultivating sustainable and nourishing ecosystem where you can safely grow healthy, chemical-free plants.
What and How?
For this type of gardening you will need plants that are more resistant to diseases and pest problems since you are not going to use any chemicals. You also need to choose plants that are easily adjustable to any spot in the garden in terms of soil, light and moisture. When buying the plants and seeds, make sure to get them from farmers that grew them without using any chemicals. You need a clean start for organic gardening. There are many plants that are easily grown naturally and from a seed, such as cucumbers, annual poppies, sunflower, coriander, sweet peas, squash and many others.
Benefits of Organic Gardening
The two biggest benefits of organic gardening are personal and environmental health. The use of pesticides and chemicals is linked to various diseases such as cancer, autism, birth defects, depression, infertility, Parkinson’s disease and many other defects and diseases. So, by growing organic garden you are simply skipping all the risks and saving the environment. Other than skipped risks you are introducing many other benefits in your life. By spending time outside in your garden you are exposed to sun and supplied with more vitamin D which helps you fight diabetes, strengthen your bones and joints and prevent depression. Also, you are exercising your body and reducing stress since gardening is calming activity, plus you have healthy and free fruits and vegetables which cannot so easily be found on the market. Organic gardens are not only beneficial, but they look stunningly beautiful and are actually a new trend in 2016’s landscape design.
Cleaning and Watering
It is of utmost importance to keep your new garden clean of dead, fallen foliage and other litter. These things can rapidly spread diseases on your plants, so once in a week you should pick up and clean dead foliage. Also, if you notice any infected leaves on your plants, you can prevent further spread by simply cutting off that leaf or an infected part.
When watering, do it wisely. If you leave the leaves of your plants wet they can easily catch diseases. Avoid using sprinklers, and instead turn to water-saving soaker hose and water your plants directly to their roots. Also, avoid clustering your plants closely together because that can cause the spread of fungal diseases. Give them space to breathe and grow freely.
Attract Good Insects
Even though they are sometimes annoying, insects can in great deal help you grow an organic garden. Insects that are your friends and that can help you get rid of real pests are ladybugs, praying mantis, soldier beetle, spiders and many others. So if you see one of these, you should actually be happy to have some help. The best way to attract these little fellows is by planting plants they love such as, daisies, sunflowers, yarrows, marigolds, purple coneflowers and other attractive species. These will look good in your garden and will bring along lots of help.
I also found a lot of interesting stuff at Bren Haas‘s website. She’s a gardening expert that has been growing her own organic food since 2008. Join this new trend and go organic. You, your family and the environment can in great deal benefit from this gardening so why not use the resources and nature smartly.