Connect With The Earth And Your Heritage Through Organic Gardening
Learn ways organic gardening nurtures plants and the soil itself in a way that not only transforms the garden but also the gardener. There are many reasons and techniques you will discover as you browse around here.
You will learn the importance of compost and how to make different mixes. Each method and mix is used for its own purpose. Knowing the differences and their uses is very important.
Cold compost takes about six months to make, but will produce many earthworms. Earthworms pull many nutrients from the soil and make them available to your plants. They also aerate the soil so your plants roots can breath.
Hot compost can be made in as little as two weeks. It will heat up to between 140 and 160 degrees killing weed seeds and plant diseases helping to eliminate past problems. When you have limited space hot compost is your right choice.
The Advantages Of Drip Irrigation In Organic Gardening
Using drip irrigation helps maintain nutrients in organic gardening by helping reduce soil erosion and making better use of less water. You can save time and money once you have it set up. Since you only water the plants you choose to you will have less problems with weeds.
Different methods work better with different types of plants. You can set it up with timers in dry years. In wetter years you can turn it on when needed. It will work in a vineyard or an orchard. Container gardening is less of a mess when you incorporate drip irrigation. You can even set up drip irrigation indoors. This would solve the problem of having to have someone water your plants when on vacation.
Planning a garden first will help you when harvest time comes. Always planting taller plants on the north side and then step down to your shortest ones on the south. Even when you container garden you will need to place your plants so that the shorter plants are on the south.
Companion planting takes advantage of the fact that some plants (through their roots) give off substances that help a plant close to them to thrive. There are plants that should never be planted close to each other because they can stunt each other's growth or even be toxic to one and other.
Legumes plants such as peas and beans will add nitrogen to your soil making a second planting of leafy vegetables growth explode. Swiss chard and spinach are two examples of leafy vegetables.
There are plants you can plant on the edge of your garden that can discourage pests both animal and insect. Some of these plants are eatable herbs.
For Soil Improvement
For Nutrient Sharing
Grow Strawberries And Other Backyard Fruit And Protect Them Organically
When you prepare your soil organically your fruit can take up nutrients more easily because their roots can breathe and thrive. Control pests with natural organic methods such as sprays and beneficial insects so the foods you produce will have the most nutrients and will be safe for you to eat.
As with any other plants with a little research, which I will try to provide for you here, you will see how sometimes fruits can benefit from the right neighbor. Certain nut trees have a toxic effect on surrounding vegetation and should not be planted by the city gardener because your other plants will not do very well.
, raspberries, and Blueberries
are good choices to give the best results for beginning and experienced gardeners alike. All three have early, midseason, and late varieties. Strawberries even have ever bearing varieties that can give you a pint of berries a day in a fairly small bed. You can also grow June bearing varieties of strawberries that will give you a large crop in a short period of time for canning or freezing.
Properly Pruned Fruit Tree Will Give You Larger More Succulent Fruits
Proper pruning of fruit trees and bushes will not only give you healthier more productive plants but will also make harvesting easier. Improper pruning can lead to unhealthy diseased plants that are easy prey for waiting insects.
Good planning as to height, location, and distance will actually give you more fruit than without. The size of trees and bushes that you choose, and there are many, can be determined by many things also such as the size of your lot, how much open space faces south, your favorite varieties, and even what type soil you have.
You can come here and maybe I can help you figure out just what will work out best for you. Maybe you can even learn about some fruit and nuts you did not even think about that you could try for yourself.