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There is nothing more satisfying to a gardener than opting for organic gardening at home. Growing the vegetables without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides is definitely a tasty treat. Here are top 10 organic gardening tips to help you grow an organic garden:
- Aphids are one of the nasty harbingers of vegetable gardens. They are extremely selective about the plants they flourish and breed on. They easily destroy the vegetables. You can use some homemade sprays comprising of garlic, onion, dish soap and water to control them. Blend these ingredients into a food processor and strain out the liquid. Use this liquid to spray on infected plants.
- Mulching properly is the key to organic gardening. There are various types of garden mulch – ranging from wooden chips to gravel. They help in controlling weeds, making a great landscape and protecting the organic mulch. Autumn is the best time for mulching.
- In organic gardening compost is used liberally. By using compost you prevent usage of commercial fertilizers. The chemical fertilizers actually create more damage to your soil than the organic ones. This is because they kill the natural organisms in the soil, which help in breaking down and making available nutrients to the plants. Also, compost aids these organisms by creating an ambient environment for them.
- Organic gardening is not complete without organic compost tea. You can prepare this by adding some compost to water and leave it to rot for 5 to 6 days. Once done, add this concoction to the plants and they will appear happy!
- How about installing rain barrels to improve your organic gardening? These are used to harvest rain water and thereby develop a sustainable source of water. It saves your electricity and water bill too.
- In organic gardening, organic fertilizers like dried manure, fish meals, bone meal, wood ashes, rock potash and seaweed meal should be used. They are rich source of nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and certain trace elements. The organic fertilizers feed your plants in a natural and safe manner.
- How about using Neem Oil in organic gardening? It is one of the best ways to kill pests, especially spider-mites. However it has to be sprayed over a course of few weeks for satisfying results.
- Herbicides are a common problem to organic gardening. They pollute the ground water and even cause cancer. You can use vinegar to spray on them or remove weeds.
- Crop rotation is yet another way to prevent the nutrient depletion in soil. This also helps in soil being replenished with essential nutrients for the following seasons.
- You can save seeds that were produced in your organic gardening cycle. This will save you some bucks and you will get the same great variety of tomatoes next season!