A large part of taking back your health starts with the fuel we put into our bodies. Buying organic is not always affordable but Victoria Lim @Victoriasscrawl provides us with the perfect solution; if you can’t afford to buy it then grow it!
If you want to truly make something wonderful and useful out of your backyard, why not turn it into an organic family garden? Organic gardening today is something sought by many because people are looking for ways to protect both their families and the environment. Every day we learn more and more about genetically modified crops, chemical pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers, and we realize that there is a better way. By turning your backyard into an organic garden, you are basically taking control and making sure that the food that your family gets is good for their health. Here are some tips on how to do this.
Pick the right plants to grow
You need to choose the plants that are appropriate for your area, as well as the particular spot where you are growing them. You should choose plants that will fit well with factors such as your soil, light, moisture and drainage. If the plants adjust well to their surroundings, they will better resist potential pests. If your decision is to get seedlings, look for ones that have very few blooms and a less crowded root. You must also be careful not to get ones that were raised with chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Plants that are best grown from seed include coriander, sweet peas, cucumbers, sunflowers, and the like.
Prepare your soil
Properly preparing your soil is an essential gardening step. It is the main factor for growing healthy and productive plants. It is important for your soil to be able to feed your plants with a lot of fresh nutrients. What you can do is get your soil tested. You can do this on your own with a home testing kit. If not, an agricultural extension office can do this for you. You should get to know the nutrient and pH levels, so you can plan how to grow your garden. It is essential that your soil has a lot of humus. The best mix for the soil is that out of manure, leaves and grass, and compost.
Make proper compost
The main task of the compost is to feed your plants, prevent weeds, preserve water, and keep waste out of landfills. In order to do it right, first, you must measure enough space for it. The optimal space is at least three square feet. You can make it into a pile, or place it in a custom bin. After that, you should add layers of carbon, in the form of leaves and grass, as well as nitrogen, in the form of manure. Make sure there is a small layer of soil in between them. Place up to six inches of soil on top. It is important that it doesn’t smell – if it does, add more dry carbon.
Properly water your plants
As mornings are usually without strong winds and cool, this is the best time to water your plants. This way, less water is lost due to evaporation. The evening is not a good choice because the plants will remain moist during the night, which makes them susceptible to damage from diseases caused by bacteria and fungi. To avoid damage, watering the roots is the best way to go. You can either be very careful about watering the plant bases, or you can create a soaking system. It is generally the best practice for grown plants to water them with an inch of water on a weekly basis. By watering them once or twice a week, you are making sure that the roots are stronger. It is best to go for the water at near air temperature. A nice and useful addition to your garden could be using retractable hose reels.
Take care of weed
Weeds are a common issue and tend to be pervasive. It’s best that you pull them out by hand, as you want to avoid using any toxic chemicals. Mulch works well against weeds and protects your soil. It rots down into your soil and is generally a better choice than burlap and other landscape materials. If you’re looking for a cheap choice, you could go for straw, but the problem is that it doesn’t last long. If you have the budget, you can choose wood chips. Lawn clippings are great, but due to having a high amount of nitrogen, you need to make sure that you are using them only for the plants that require a lot of nutrients.
Growing an organic family garden in your backyard is a wonderful and healthy choice. You’ll be taking care both of your family and your surroundings. Follow these 5 tips to make sure that your garden plants grow properly.
Meet Victoria Lim:
Victoria is a journalist, freelance stylist, and a girl a distinctive taste for home decor. She’s passionate about writing, sharing tips and DIY projects. When she’s not writing she tries to squeeze in as much traveling and discovering more inspiration for her projects as she can. You can connect with Victoria on her Twitter account here!
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