Here are some tips for organic vegetable gardening that will help make growing healthy & nutritious plants easier.
The first, and most important think you should do is to think about what you want to grow. There’s a wide variety of veggies to choose from, however, you should go with those that will grow well in your climate.
Choosing The Right Plants …
For the best growing experience, go with plants that are a good fit with your soil, the temperature, the amount of sunlight and the shade exposure of your gardening area.
If you happen to live in a dry area that experiences frequent droughts, choose plants that don’t need too much water and are able to adapt to harsher climates.
Consider how much space you have to work with. This will allow you to plan the layout of how your veggies will grow.
If space is a limitation, you can go with a microgreens growing kit that can fit even in the smallest of areas.
Use Mulch …
It’s always a good idea to mulch your veggies with organic materials. Great options are dry leaves, manure, grass or even food waste.
Mulch will help you to save water and reduce the amount of weeds in your garden. Even better, it adds humus and nutrients to your plants.
Along with compost, natural fertilizers are a great option for raising healthy veggies. It also attracts earthworms, which will naturally tiller and condition your soil.
Controlling Unwanted Pests …
Pests are the biggest enemy of your garden. The best way to keep them at bay would be to use other insects, birds or frogs.
When planting veggies, try to grow several varieties. This will attract the good insects to your garden, and they will kill off the bad ones.
Studies have shown that only 2% of insects in the world are bad for gardens, but the rest will help it flourish. A few that you want to attract are ladybugs, wasps, fireflies and spiders.
Even better, these good insects will help to pollinate your plants and even decompose organic matter. Simply put, you should find a way to welcome them!
Removing weeds from your garden is vital. The best way to do it is pulling them out by hand. Another option is to spray them with some full strength household vinegar.
Keeping Soil Fertile …
Be sure to rotate your crops to keep your soil fertile. When planting new veggies, don’t plant them in the soil too deeply.
Doing so will dry out the soil and destroy healthy organisms. Even worse, it will bring weeds to the surface, causing them to germinate even faster.
If you put these basics into practice, the chances of you having a flourishing organic vegetable garden are high. You’ll be able to harvest delicious veggies year round, at prices that are much cheaper that you can ever buy at your supermarket.