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Growing Your Own Organic Garden in Six Easy Steps
By Heather Roberts

Growing Your Own Organic GardenIf you have an idea how bad pesticide-ridden food is for you, then you understand why we do our best to return to a more organic gardening solution. There are many reasons why you would want to do that and to adapt such a solution for your garden, especially if you want to have a set of healthy plants and anything that is free of pesticides and other nasty chemicals. The tips ahead will give you a few pointers you can use:

Preparing the soil

The right conditions mean you will have healthy plants, which will help their development long term, but you will need to ensure they have what it takes to survive. You need to make sure you prioritize to make organic treatments for the soil you have in your garden, as this will make things far safer in the long run. You can deal with a pH testing kit to see whether your soil will be the right type for your chosen plants. You can find soil testing kits at most stores around, so make it count and figure out a solution based on the results.

Choosing the plants

You must work on picking your plants in a way that will allow them to survive the climate you are in right now. There is no sense in bringing non-local plants if you can't take care of them or if the climate will be a serious hindrance to their survival. Consider elements such as light levels, soil quality, drainage and moisture as well as part of the entire lifecycle of a plant and see about talking to other organic farmers in the area for more information.

Irrigation preparations

When do you need to water your plants and how? While this may differ from one location to another, as in some places mornings will be cooler than evenings and so forth. If you do have to water your plants in the evening, they will likely stay damp for far longer, so you need to keep close attention to the root system of your plants. A drip system can get the job done without soaking the roots and causing problems with mold.

Planting the plants

Raised beds will require a lot less physical effort, plus they also benefit plants and provide better air circulation, so consider working on using them instead of more traditional ways of handling planting. Raised beds also mean you will have a small permaculture garden, which works well for apartment dwellers as well as house owners.

Feeding the plants

One of the key concepts of organic gardening is to ensure you avoid waste. Having a garden will give you a way of reusing the natural waste of your home, such as apple cores, coffee grinds, egg shells and the line and using them for compost purposes. This will help your plants grow and you will have less organic waste leaving your home for your local landfill.

Pest protection

Avoiding the use of chemicals does not exactly mean a garden filled with all manner of annoying pests. You can still use companion gardening, growing plants that keep away pests near the ones that attract them, and thus playing a game of polarities to protect your newly planted seedlings. Some plants have a natural synergy about them that allows them to work in tandem for greater success in the long run. Gardening and lawn maintenance will be far easier if you do so. Read more at: landscapersgardeners.co.uk


Author Bio:

Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has many published articles on various topics such as gardening, landscaping and home maintenance etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.