Organic gardening is not so different from the type of gardening you’re probably used to. You still have to care for and water your organic garden regularly, much the same way you would your usual garden. The major considerations involve the use of natural fertilizer, organically originated seeds, and organic pest control.
organic gardenFirst off, you’re going to have to make sure your vegetables or flowers are being fed with the most organic materials. You can buy organic soil at your local lawn & garden store, or you can make it yourself. In order to make it yourself, you’re going to have to create your own compost. You can use a compost bin or barrel to make your own using organic materials you’d normally throw out, such as leaves, grass clippings, egg shells and vegetable peelings. This homemade compost will turn into a rich soil within a month or two.
Next, to ensure the integrity of your organic garden, you must investigate the origin of your seeds. You need to check the package of your seeds to see if it is labeled as organic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has strict regulations regarding the sale of goods certified organic, so it should be clearly printed on the label. This makes sure your seeds are born from organically grown plants, free of pesticides and genetic manipulation.
One final point to make note of when cultivating an organic gardening is controlling pests. There are several steps you can take to keep pesky bugs away from your plants. You can use a citrus-based spray that actually kills most insects. They’ll fall to your garden floor and add nutrients to your soil. If this is a bit grim for you, you can also plant repellent plants, such as garlic and hot peppers alongside your other plants. Along those same lines, you can spray your plants with compounds that have been made of those plants, in addition to other essential oils.
When you’re just learning how to start an organic garden, it may seem like a lot of extra work, but the benefits to your health, and the health of the Earth, far outweigh the extra effort you have to put in. And, once you’ve harvested your crop of lush organic herbs, you can learn how to make organic shampoo, conditioners, and soaps from your harvest.