A personal garden is a perfect way to grow delicious, organic food and to add some visual appeal to your property. However, there are mistakes and factors that can keep your garden from flourishing. That is why we have provided four organic gardening tips below that you can use to maintain a healthy organic garden.
No, you do not need to water garden plants every day.
You have probably heard the phrase “too much of a good thing is a bad thing.” Well, when it comes to watering plants, more gardeners should listen to that warning. Adding too much water will essentially drown your garden. The best technique is to water your plants and roots and them let them dry out before you water them again. Remember to water them in the morning as well.
Chemical use could be causing more damage to your than you think.
We’ve all met that neighbor who is obsessed with having the greenest lawn or the brightest garden on the block. Watching them place fertilizers and pesticides can make you feel like you need to put on a gas mask before you pay them a visit. What they don’t realize is that although harsh chemical overuse might fix the immediate problem, it will cause lasting negative effects. The chemicals might destroy the natural organisms that keep the plants healthy. The chemicals can also harm your pets and children. Additionally, rain might spread the chemicals beyond the garden and pollute groundwater.
Do not underestimate the local wildlife.
Protecting your organic garden from from the local wildlife is a wise and often necessary step to make before you begin planting. For example, rabbits can sneak through fences and eat your vegetables and leave droppings in and around your garden. Rabbits will also gnaw bark and cause lasting damage. In this case, the use of fences around either/both your whole garden and individual plants can prevent rabbit destruction. The base of your fences should be buried deep enough to prevent the rabbits and other critters from removing them.
Use grass clippings as mulch.
Applying fresh grass clippings throughout your organic garden is a free and effective way to provide nutrients to your plants. The technique will also help hinder the growth of weeds. A good practice is to remove the grass clippings from your mulching mower blade and spread fresh thin clippings throughout your garden. Make sure you don’t put too much grass in one spot as the clippings can clump and smother the soil. You may want to place a weed barrier over the soil before you put down the clippings so that the grass seeds do not promote weed growth.