Organic Gardening - Let Nature Be Your Guide
gardening is the refreshing, healthy way of working with nature to grow
vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers. So just what does it mean to "grow
The organically grown garden recycles natural materials to keep the soil
fertile and naturally balanced in nutrients.
Organic fertilizer is used to feed the soil. Man-made chemicals such as
pesticides and synthetic fertilizers are not
Yet growing organic herbs and vegetables is much more than just a way of
raising plants without harmful chemicals.
By recognizing that the role of nature is how life has grown and flourished
for millions of years, the principles of the organic garden simply follow the
guide written by the natural world.
New to Organic Gardening?
If youre just getting started, youll be surprised to know that the quality
of your organic produce will be excellent and the yield plentiful. As with any
garden, youll want to choose plants suitable to the soil in your location.
The best way to ensure that everything in your garden has been cultivated
organically is to grow as much as possible from organic seeds. You can purchase
organic garden seeds from suppliers, as well as maintain you own home-raised
seed. Commercial organic seeds may either be certified as organically grown (and
a bit more expensive) or non-certified.
Organic Fertilizer - The Keeper
of the Soil
Key to the whole process is the use of organic fertilizer and compost to
create good soil. Such fertilizer
consists only of animal and vegetable substances. The idea is to feed and
nurture the soil, which in turn feeds the plant.
When the proper, natural fertility level of the soil is maintained by regular
additions of organic matter, the plants will draw on the material as they need
it. You supply the
natural fertilizers for organic gardening, and nature will do the rest.
Organic Herbs and Vegetables
Herbs should always be a part of an organically grown garden. They are
usually easy to grow, quite decorative, and even more practical.
herbs attract useful predators of pests to your garden, as well as helpful
insects such as bees and butterflies. You can plant herbs around shrubs to aid weed control, or
grow them in a traditional herb patch of their own.
Fresh, organic vegetables are the pride of the natural gardener. Allow as
much room as possible for the vegetable plot in full view of the sun.
If space is limited, the cottage garden design is an excellent solution for
growing organic vegetables. This style of organic gardening uses close-planting
techniques in which a mixture of ornamental and vegetable plants are grown in
the same bed. Its a wonderful way to make maximum use of any available space. A
natural result of this is organic weed control.
In fact, there are simple and healthy ways of practicing organic weed
control, such as clearing, hoeing, and mulching. Some weeds are actually an
asset to a gardens heath, and organic gardeners learn how to recognize the
useful weeds from the bad.
There is nothing mystical about growing an organic garden. It is a mixture of
traditional gardening and natural materials that produces food free from
pollution, with the amazing tastes that nature intended!