You may be new to organic gardening or you might be the veritable green fingered know-it-all. However, even if you are an old hand with organic vegetable gardening, it is possible to teach old dogs new tricks.
It is vitally important that you keep your knowledge base up to par with all the latest techniques. It is always a good idea to get to know other vegetable growers in your area, so that you can talk through any potential problems you might have with like-minded people. If your main reason for becoming an organic gardener is to help grow vegetables naturally, then you are doing it for the right reason.
Mother Nature will always find ways to help those who help her, and so the cycle continues. This is the basic principle behind organic gardening. When you decide to go organic, you have to steer clear of all synthetic materials. You should only use what nature itself has given you, such as things found on the ground or around you.
When it comes to your choice of fertilizers, you may wish to make your own compost (so to speak). This however is not necessarily a straight forward thing to do, and will take quite a bit of time and effort on your part. But is worth the wait once completed.
How To Make Compost For Your Organic Garden
The first technique when attempting to start your own compost pile is to gather together your discarded vegetable peels and place them with dried leaves and animal manure, even some types of compostable diapers. You can place these in a compost bag or even a purpose made composting bin. But it's not just a case of pile it up and forget about it. You need to check it regularly and periodically add liquid to keep it moist.
The second technique is to decide on a suitable place on the ground in your garden for the compost pile, then gather up all the materials mentioned above. You will literally just leave them there for nature to take it's course and break them all down. This technique obviously takes a lot of time, possibly even years. But eventually nature will turn the pile into compostable material which can be used to fertilize your garden. You must of course be careful to avoid any part of the compost pile that is infested with pests, otherwise this will cause major problems in your garden. (I will cover how to rid yourself of these pests in another article).
You Must Check Thoroughly And Often
As well as taking longer to produce compost, the second technique is left in the open. As you are unable to regulate the compost pile, it may over time contain elements which are harmful to your garden and it's plants. So in order to keep your garden beautiful and healthy I suggest you are very conscientious to the job in hand, checking thoroughly and often.
Local gardeners and dealers can offer you invaluable advice when it comes to which plants you should choose. You should ask around, which plant would be best to grow in your particular area. Because if you pick the wrong kind of plants for your garden's conditions, they will simply not survive.
Mulching is an important part of any organic gardeners arsenal, and periodically this will have to be done in your garden. This is a fabulous way of killing unwanted weeds, and will allow you to monitor and rid yourself of certain unwanted garden pests. This will help prevent soil erosion whilst also moderating the temperature of the soil.
You should get to know as much as possible about the plants you would like to grow, that way you will quickly be aware of any potential problems and how to solve them before any real damage is done.
It's Payback Time
It is a good idea to have a variety of mixed plants around your garden. By doing this you will help nature to attract the particular types of insects that will feed on certain kinds of pests that may find their way into your garden. This way your organic gardening helps nature, which will pay you back tenfold!
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