Maybe it’s because you’re concerned about exposing your family to the chemicals used in conventional gardening or possibly it’s because you remember the flavor of the organic cucumbers that your neighbor gave you from his garden the previous year. Whatever your reason for deciding to grow your own garden this year, these natural gardening tips will help ensure the success of your efforts.
Feed Your Plants A Healthy Diet
Avoid the temptation to succumb to the advertising efforts that seek to convince you to use synthetic fertilizers to produce the largest, most plentiful vegetables. They are totally unnecessary. In fact, most soils don’t even require any fertilizing at all for your plants to grow. Fertilizing will help them to grow faster and produce better, however.
Your best option is to make your own compost out of your kitchen waste, and any well-aged manure that is produced by plant-eating animals such as horses, cows, sheep, or chickens. If you aren’t so inclined, and you want to use a store bought fertilizer, there are prepackaged organic materials that you can buy from your local store or garden center.
Rotate Your Crops
Successful gardening requires some forethought and planning. Some plants do better when they aren’t planted next to each other, or when they are planted in an area a particular plant was just harvested from. Begin planning your garden early to allow yourself time to learn about the varieties you intend to grow, and don’t be afraid to approach experienced gardeners to ask for tips.
Planting the same vegetables in the same spot year after year makes your plants much more susceptible to disease. It’s useful to draw up diagrams of your garden plans and to keep them in a safe place so that you can refer back to them in the following years. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to forget which corner of your garden you planted green beans in the year before.
Declare War On Weeds
It’s not the most glamorous part of growing a garden, and it’s one that most gardeners would like to avoid doing, but eliminating weeds and preventing their regrowth is an integral part of growing a successful garden. Unfortunately, if your desire is to do natural gardening, you won’t have the option of using chemicals to control the weeds. Your only choice is to get rid of them through manual labor.
Weeding will not only help you to produce a higher yield, it’ll actually save many of your plants as well. Weeds do more than simply compete with your garden plants for water and nutrients, they attract harmful insects. These insects can spread plant diseases as they move from plant to plant feeding.
These tips will help you to grow a natural garden that produces healthy vegetables, and they’ll help to ensure that you’ll have the kind of success that you need to feel confident enough to do it again. There is just something so satisfying, and so special, about preparing a meal with vegetables from your own garden.