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Start Your Organic Garden Today: Enhance Life

Grow Organic Garden to Improve Lifestyle and Health

organic gardenOrganic simply means gardening without using man-made chemicals. If you’ve decided to join the other 21 million organic gardeners growing their own food this year, you’ll want a few tips and tricks for that garden.

1. Your compost will need time to stabilize the soil.

Spread that around two to three weeks before you actually plant your garden so it will give you the most nutrition for your young plants.

Remember to mix it in well so your soil isn’t too sandy or too clumped-up.

2. Soak your organic seeds in warm water the day before you plant them. This will encourage them to sprout earlier and give them a good head start.

3. Pre-sprout your seeds also. Place a damp paper towel on a flat surface like a cookie sheet. Then make a little sprout-packet by folding the towel over the top of the seeds: start with the right and left a third of the towel, pat the seeds down to make sure all of them get enough moisture, then fold the top and bottom thirds of the towel over those to make your packet.

If you’re sprouting different types of plants, use a new towel for each type of seed.

Put your damp seed packet inside an open plastic bag (leave it open so they get enough air) and check the towel daily to make sure it’s moist enough.

4. You can also start your seeds in half of a (clean) eggshell or half of a citrus fruit rind.

Poke holes in the rind so the water will drain out. Fill with potting soil and plant one seed in each container, then when they’re large enough, plant the entire container in the garden. Voila: instant compost!

5. Cut off the top of a clear plastic soda bottle and out that overtop of any tender young seedlings that may need a mini greenhouse for a while.

Organic gardening isn’t just about not using manmade chemicals. It’s more of a lifestyle, trying to garden in harmony with nature. The associated health benefits are essential as well as amazing in the improvement of overall health.

You want an ecosystem where beneficial insects, natural predators, and soil microbes encourage balance in your healthy garden.

Start with good soil, compost, and a thick layer of mulch. These will help your garden become healthier and more able to resist disease and insect pests.

Mulch also protects the lower leaves of your plants from soil splashing, which can further spread disease. It keeps the soil cooler in summer and warmer In winter as well.

Animal manures make excellent fertilizer for your organic garden, but you need to be careful.

Don’t use fresh manure on growing plants, especially if you are nearing harvest time.

Apply fresh manure to the soil in the fall and plow it in or allow it to incorporate into the soil over the winter so the ammonia levels will have time to fall.

Poultry manure has the most nitrogen in it. Both poultry and dairy manure have fewer
weed seeds that could cause problems in your garden.

A winter cover crop can also add valuable nutrients to the soil, then are plowed into that soil in the spring as compost.

Buckwheat is a good winter crop, and its early-blooming flowers attract helpful insects in the spring. Other popular crops include ryegrass, winter rye, winter peas, oats, wheat, clovers, and hairy vetch.

You can even start your cover crop while your fall veggies are still producing, giving it time to start a good root system.

Planting your crops too close together can encourage disease and pests. If you increase the distance between plants, you get better air circulation and light intensity.

If you’re growing tomatoes, always cage them to keep the fruits from touching the ground
and to increase the air circulation in the lower parts of the plants.

Pinch off the suckers (lateral buds) up to the node before the first fruit cluster too, for the same reason. This will reduce diseases in your tomatoes.

We hope your organic gardening experience is fulfilling and satisfying. Just download our free e-book of tips and tricks and you’ll have a healthy organic garden.

 

 

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