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Organic Gardening: 11 Best Practices for Beginners
Grow a healthy garden without using chemicals. Know how…
Today, organic gardening at home is so popular mainly because it protects our environment.
Beginners harvest high quality fruits, flowers, and vegetables from organic garden with a few best practices that boost healthy plant growth.
1. Create organic garden in a small space to start with. A garden size of 50 sq.ft. is manageable by a starter.
2. Organic garden site must receive full day sun for 6-8 hours.
3. Select right plant species which can survive climatic condition in your area. Talk to local farmers for better idea.
4. As a beginner, keep less demanding plants in organic garden like – sunflower, marigold, lemon, tomato, lettuce, basil, etc.
5. Amend garden soil with homemade compost.
Use kitchen and garden wastes to make compost that provides essential nutrients and retains soil moisture.
6. You may not find organically grown saplings. Use plant seeds to grow saplings in small containers. Later, transplant them into garden soil.
7. Create a plant bed where same species are grouped together. Keep a gap between two saplings so that plants get enough room to grow.
8. Water plant roots generously once a week. Early morning time is best for watering organic plants...
This practice prevents fungal growth as water residues on plant surface will dry up fast under full day sun.
9. Kitchen wastes supply rich nutrients as organic fertilizers:
Banana peels - Potassium.
Coffee grounds - Nitrogen.
Crushed egg shells - Calcium.
10. Pull out weeds manually. Use organic mulch made of hay, straw, dry leaves, wood chips to suppress further growth of weeds.
11. Pest attack on organic garden is less likely if you keep plants healthy. Protect organic garden from pests using neem oil, pepper spray, garlic.