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Are you thinking about growing your own vegetables but want to avoid using pesticides and other chemicals? What could be better than growing your own delicious vegetables that haven't been sprayed with anything? Organic gardening allows you to grow your own healthy food! It is your garden so grow what you like to eat.
Starting your own chemical-free garden isn’t difficult and you don’t need a lot of space. It also allows you to eat healthier and save money in the process. You simply cannot go wrong growing your own organic garden. Here are some of the key steps in starting and growing your own natural garden:
- Soil is the foundation from which everything grows in your garden. Soil that naturally produces plant nutrients is the key to successful organic gardening. Good soil should be dark in color with a range of particle sizes, from small bits of soil to larger chunks. The darker the soil is then the healthier your plants will be. The easiest way to guarantee healthy, nourishing soil is to make your own with compost bins. Simply toss in old plants, organic kitchen scraps, and shredded newspaper, add some water and you should have some great compost in no time.
- Surround seedlings with dried-out grass clippings and dead, brown leaves as a type of organic mulch. The grass clippings and dead leaves block weeds taking root as well as receiving much-needed sunlight. An added benefit of making your own mulch of this type is that as the grass and leaves break down they release sugars into the soil that important microbes feed on and in turn, produce a healthier soil environment.
- Plant companion flowers and vegetable close to one another. Botanical diversity is vital to a healthy organic garden. Growing plants that share common preferences for site, soil and season together produce better yields for several reasons. Companion plants can change light patterns with one plant providing much needed shade and cover for another. Some plants attract beneficial insects which feed on pest insects and thus protect the other plants.
- Water your plants on a regular basis. The best time for garden watering is early morning or late evening. This way you give your plants time to soak up all the water before the dries it all up. Seeds and seedlings need to be watered more frequently than established garden beds. Garden sprinklers and timers take a lot of the hassle and guesswork out of watering.
Earth-friendly gardening isn't difficult nor is it complicated. It requires hard work, dedication and an appreciation for living naturally. By following the above mentioned suggestions, you'll be well on your way to a healthy, bountiful, Earth-friendly garden.
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