Organic gardening is one of the easiest ways to cut back on food costs while providing your family with healthy options you feel good about them eating. An organic diet is free from a lot of the harmful chemicals used in food production. While it isn't alway free from every chemical, you can eliminate almost everything when you begin organic gardening on your own. These tips will help you to begin a great home garden that will produce the vegetables your family loves.
Organic Gardening Tips
If organic gardening is something you have an interest in, these simple tips are going to make it easier to manage without feeling like you are spending an arm and a leg. Organic is often thought to be too costly, but by growing your own produce you eliminate the bulk of the handling costs you find in the local grocery stores. It also gives you a great option of freezing or canning your excess produce for future use. Organic gardening can easily provide your family with year-round healthy produce options.
Stop using manmade chemicals to fertilize your plants. You are probably aware of the popular brands of chemical fertilizers often found in the gardening area of your local stores. These may create results in growth, but they are not always a safe or healthy choice for your family. Instead of using the popular brands out there, look for natural options like Fulvic Acids or amino acids. You may also find that brands like Jobe's Organic Fertilizer are an easy option for your home garden.
Make your own compost. The easiest way to really provide rich soil for your organic gardening efforts is to create your own compost. Mix together things like fruit and vegetable peels along with paper and garden residue to build great hearty nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden. Grass clippings, leaves, and similar clippings are a great base to add your produce peels into to create a hearty compost.
Build raised beds. If you are concerned about pests, weeds, and similar crowding out your plants without traditional bug killers being used, you can help prevent that by using raised beds in your garden. It is easy to build a simple raised bed that will help keep lower ground pests from eating your plants, and remove the issue with weeds. Planting other natural pest repellants around your beds helps get rid of insects, birds, and even deer. I like using natural plants like lavender, rosemary, and other pungent herbs that often work as a pest deterrent. Being able to add these herbs to various recipes and homemade products is a bonus. Buy seeds from reputable sources.
Buy seeds from reputable sources. While you can find produce seeds at your local dollar store, they are not certified organic. Spend the money up front to invest in your organic gardening venture by purchasing quality organic seeds. I love the heirloom seeds I have found through various vendors. The investment initially is well worth the amazing garden results.
Save your seeds for next year. Seed saving is what our ancestors did to build heir gardens each year. We can do the same thing simply by drying seeds, storing them safely and using your dried seeds the following year to grow a new crop. If long-term sustainable organic gardening is valuable to you, this is the method to go with.
These simple organic gardening tips will make your first organic home garden crop a wonderful resource for fresh and healthy foods you have no guilt about feeding to your family.