Tips On Organic Gardening for Beginners
If you’ve ever wondered about growing an organic garden, you’re not alone. Many of us are concerned about the risk of sprays and fertilisers on not only our veges but our non-edibles too. But what puts many people off taking the first steps into organic gardening is that it can seem too complicated.
Having put our thinking hats on, we’ve made a substantial list of tips which we think will make things much clearer for you.
Making a Start with Organic Gardening
When converting to an organic garden, you first need to understand what that means. Well, organic gardening is all about co-operating with nature. Yes, you do stop using synthetic products in your garden, but it is more about the way you go about managing your garden. This includes reducing the number of resources you use and the replenishing of any you do use. It can take a while, as you’re working at the speed of Mother nature and not a fertiliser factory!
To help you get started, here are a few things to mull over and act upon:
- understand your garden climate and microclimate - what grows well and what doesn’t? Where does the sun reach and at what times of the day? Are some areas prone to frosts? Are there any brick walls or trees which can provide warmth or shelter?
- damp and dry areas – which areas require more watering than others? Where does the moss and boggy ground live?
- soil type – what is the soil like? This can include being sandy, clay, peat, limestone or silt, as well as the pH.
- insects – what are the common insects in your garden? Are they beneficial or not? Know what pests you get and when along with their life cycles so you can act at the right moment to control them.
- compost – are you making your compost? Do you have a dedicated compost area? How do you measure the ‘readiness’ of the compost?
- crop-rotation – do you have a plan in place to rotate your vege crops?
- garden maintenance plan – what plants, trees or shrubs need maintaining and when? How often do you need to weed? Is there a mulching plan in place?
- companion planting plan – this is a great way to improve the soil of your garden, as well as keep at bay some insects and diseases.
- look for natural resources – fertiliser doesn’t need to be man-made; banana skins around roses work well. A soapy spray can remove aphids from your plants. Sheep pallets will deter cats from pooing in your garden and help give the plants some goodies to grow.
- worm farm – setting up a worm farm to increase the quantity of these great mini-beasts in your garden is a smart idea. Their worm juice makes a great liquid fertiliser too.
One final point; all of our trees would be more than happy to grow organically in your garden! Come explore our range of tree gifts and treat yourself today.