November 10, 2017

The Path to Health Goes Through Nature: Growing an Organic Garden

Thankfully to the advancements in science and social media, we are able to witness a growing community of people propagating healthy lifestyle. This includes many aspects of daily habits and routines, through the products we use in our diet and environment that surrounds us. If you think about eating healthy and being responsible about the ingredients you use, then organic food may be the right choice for you. This kind of food can be pricey which is the main and sometimes the only reason people don’t use it in their daily diet.

However, if you like to do gardening or you have a yard, think about growing your own organic produces with the help of these tips.

  1. Plan ahead

Just like any other garden, organic vegetable also needs organized space and resources to grow. Before you even make the first planting site, decide what you’d like to grow. Also, consult with the nursery garden or specialized shops on the best plants to grow in your area. In this stage, you will also have to plan your budget for every aspect of gardening – from preparing the soil, buying the seeds and seedlings and what kind of herbicides and pesticides you will use. If you have a small gardening space you can still grow your herbs, veggies and fruits if you use containers, small pots and boxes.
  1. Don’t go overboard with plants

You will probably want to plant them all – every herb and vegetable you love. But every plant has its season and too many can be too much. The best strategy is to start small just to get a feel for what it’s all about. Plant a small garden in the beginning and later you can know what to correct and how to be a better gardener. Don’t be afraid to experiment and test some of the rarely grown plants in the gardens, just to make it fun. If you leave the apartment building, use the rooftop or your balcony to seed in the pots and small containers. There are also solutions like the aero garden for indoor spaces and winter months, if you want to enjoy your new hobby all year long.
  1. Productive plants are the safest choice

Plants that will do well in your area and its climate are mostly the best choices for new gardeners. One of the reasons is that they will grow easily and you’ll be happy with your effort and its results. This is important so you wouldn’t be disappointed and give up after the first failure. On the other hand, you may buy cheap seedlings but work hard to grow them, which is the case with the corn, for example. Or you can spend more money on the seedlings and grow fruits like berries which are very low maintenance.  
  1. Organic garden still needs protection

Pests and weeds attack the organic garden just like any other, so you need to make sure that your plants are protected and safe. But not all pests are bad for the garden and some can even be beneficial and needed for the growth. Check your plants twice a week for any pests and use some natural protections like sunflowers and herbs like catnip or calendula. But organic garden also requires the use of pesticides, only these are based on naturally occurring soil bacteria and natural materials. Another important aspect of gardening is to know the insects which inhabit it since some of them can be helpful and needed for the reproduction and success of your garden.
  1. Don’t forget to care

Sometimes people think that organic garden means that you will let your plants be taken care of by nature itself. This is only a wishful thinking, and professionals from Hoselink recommend watering them even more than usual without using any chemicals since organic plants mostly depend on the natural conditions. 

All in all

Don’t be discouraged with a few setbacks because no garden is perfect. It’s all about trials and errors, as well as collecting knowledge and practices through personal and other people’s experiences. Just think about the benefits of healthy and fresh produces in your meals, as well how fulfilling and liberating is to have the garden at your fingertips.

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