As more and more people are learning about the benefits of eating organic foods, it is no surprise that many are interested in organic gardening. While growing your own food at home is mostly organic, there are some things that you should keep in mind if you want to have the same high quality foods that you find at a local organic foods store. While the term organic can have different meanings to different people, there are some general standards which almost everyone agrees to.
Some of the things that are required for food to be considered organic are going to be simple to follow for your home gardening. Food cannot be processed using irradiation, chemical food additives or industrial solvents which, of course, almost nobody would even think about doing with the food grown in their garden. Therefore, processed foods or fruits sprayed with inorganic fertilizer are NOT organic!
The following are a few of the most important things to keep in mind when planning an organic garden. Following these ideas will help you to grow organic food, that are much better tasting than most produce you find in the supermarket.
- Crop Diversity – Planting multiple different types of crops in the same general area is important because each of the plants will be taking up some of the nutrients in the soil and putting in others. The diversity of planting allows the soil to maintain a balance naturally without having to add additional agents to the soil.
- Crop Rotation – While less critical with the use of crop diversity, it is still important to plant different types of crops in the soil each season. Simply moving things around each year is sufficient for most gardens.
- Soil Management – Healthy soil with proper levels of nutrients is critical for all successful gardening. While ideally you won’t have to use much, fertilizers can be important to use only if these are made with all natural contents. This will make you maintain the organic quality of the produce you want to harvest.Using natural composting and ‘green manure’ are two excellent ways to ensure your soil is ready for growing. Dried leaves that are left to compost can also serve as good fertilizers.
- Weed Management – Keeping weeds out of the way is important in any garden and with organic options; you need to do it naturally. This is often done by using mulch to suppress their growth and encourage the growth of the plants you desire. There are many other all natural options for weed management in this type of gardening.
- Pest Control – This is one of the most important parts of organic gardening. Keeping bugs and other pests off of your plants is critical, but it must be done without chemicals or anything that is unnatural. There are many different methods people use to help keep their garden pest free naturally.
As you can see, there are many different aspects to organic gardening. With a little bit of time invested into learning about this great way to grow food you can have a successful garden which is strong and healthy quicker than you might imagine.