Becoming An Organic Gardener
So you want to become a gardener but you want to make sure that your whole crop is organic. You plan out what works with your budget and space and jump right in…but wait, here comes the pests, there goes the rodents, and oh my goodness if it wasn’t a diseased plant…basically no matter how hard you try to keep things as free of chemicals as possible, there will always be a thought that may want you to cross over to the dark side. DON’T DO IT!
Think about it, if your growing your own food do you want to ingest those chemicals? After all, the plant absorbs this contamination like water and sends it to the food which then ends up in your tummy. If your just growing flowers and shrubs,it is easier to worry less about all the same issues you would with growing crops but you still want to practice as much organic gardening with these as you can because animals eat some of these plants.
So where do you start? Personally, I always start with the ants before they become a problem in my food, and they really can destroy your whole garden if you don’t take care of things before hey do. It is extremely hard to keep these little buggers away without using chemicals BUT after trying everything I found online there was only one thing that worked and I did not spray or sprinkle anything. The one and only thing I have used to help keep my garden and food completely free of ants and gross poisons is called Amdro Ant Bait Station. I know, I know it is still considered a poison but your not spraying or sprinkling anything that can kill you or get into your food and your not setting up traps or things that can hurt other animals (unless you allow them in your garden and they chew up the bait box). These “stations” can be set where any infestation is or anywhere on the perimeter of your planters so the ants take the poison back to their colony and never reach your plants.
Now, we all love ladybugs right? Did you know they are one of the most beneficial bugs to have around and they can be purchased at a home improvement store. Ladybugs love to eat smaller bugs like aphids and such. Releasing a box of ladybugs into your organic garden sounds ironic considering we are talking about pest control but it is the best thing you can start with after you have planted your new green babies into the ground.
The next tip involves everyones favorite food-BACON! Not only do you get to cook it and eat it but you can also use the grease as a bug trap. Oh yes my friends it really works. When the grease hardens, roll up a newspaper or some magazine pages so it creates a cone shape where one end is open and the smaller end is as tight as possible. Slather that grease as thick as you can around the inside of that paper cone. The thicker the better because anything attracted to it will remain stuck. Earwigs love bacon so expect to see more of them than anything. This is also amazing with fly control when set up in the right spot away from where you want to relax.
The best thing you can do to keep your garden organic is to create your own compost. If your not sure how, it is so easy. Use either a metal trash can or build yourself a wood box with old pallets or what ever you have lying around that can be recycled and used safely without contamination to your dirt. Anything natural can go into your compost; hair, lint, food cuttings, animal droppings (cow, horse, chicken, or deer). Having healthy fertilizer added into your compost is the most important thing you need to add into your compost. You can also add things like nail clippings and paper-basicly anything that is biodegradable and good for recycling in this way. If you create the right type of compost or even purchase some, managing your gardens water intake is one of the biggest jobs to keep up on and watch. Each compost holds water differently and you want a mixture that is made to hold in water so your not having to water every single day unless the weather calls for it.
With watering a garden full of plants comes sprouting weeds. If they are not pulled in a timely manner, you can surly expect the roots to overtake your crop roots and restricts them from growing any further. Weed barriers don’t work either. They keep the weeds under the barrier from popping up into your view but underneath where it is wet and dark, the seedings are sprouting. Also, birds drop seeds wether they fall off them or they literally dropped them. The wind also blows seeds around so your never getting away from the weeds.
Organic gardening: How to grow an organic vegetable garden
So, if your seriously considering starting your own beautiful organic garden, these are the basic tips on where to begin. There are many ways of keeping things fresh and clean from chemicals, it is just a matter of finding out what works for your particular issue. Keep in mind, too, when you finally get to harvest your fruits and veggies, not only will you feel a sense of happiness and excitement but your setting an example for anyone else to do the same thing. The more we can get the trend rolling then the healthier we may start seeing those around us.