Organic gardening introduces the concept of only using natural materials from plants and animals for the purpose of fertilizing your garden. These composts and manures do not contain any pesticides or harmful chemicals. Organic materials tend to lead to healthier roots on the plants in your garden. Neem oil is an all natural product that helps control pests without causing harm to your garden. This product discourages insects, mice, rabbits, and squirrels from eating out of your garden but it does not harm or kill them.
To help keep your organic garden free from pests, remove the weeds regularly. The thistle will provide insects with food as well as give them a breeding ground. Weeds also take nutrients from the soil that is meant for your plants.
Be careful not to use too much organic fertilizer. While the fertilizer is not damaging, using too much can lead to the plants growing excessively. Generally, the roots and stem can’t support this extra growth, leading to splits in the stem. Once the stem splits, water can’t get to the roots. You will want to use a maximum of 1” of organic fertilizer for the best results. Apply compost when plants are growing rather than in the winter months when the weather can cause the nutrients to be washed away.
Organic gardens need less water than non-organic gardens. This is because the fertilizers retain water better because of the natural materials in them. It is important to water your organic garden properly. Too much water will result in the plants not being able to hold the oxygen they need to thrive. Too little water will cause them to wilt and die. If you are concerned about large amounts of rain in your organic garden, place large amounts of mulch never the base of each plant. This will prevent the water from being absorbed. If your plants aren’t getting enough water, carefully dig around the stem and pour water slowly so the roots can absorb it.
Your organic garden can be just as pretty and productive as an ordinary garden. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing you have not used harmful fertilizers or chemicals that can damage vegetables and animals. Having a garden is a great hobby, but it is even more rewarding knowing you have not harmed nature in your efforts. Organic gardens often grow better plans because the roots are healthier. This will ensure your organic garden continues to offer beauty and appeal for a long time to come.