Raised Beds and Organic Gardening

Raised beds are the perfect solution for problem soils and perfect for gardening organically. Having a raised bed garden makes garden easier. There are less weeds, less bending down, better soil and they look nice in the yard.

Raised bed gardens improve soil conditions. The soil is premixed and put into a bed that is framed with wood, bricks, stone, cement block or other materials. No one ever walks on the soil to pack it down and the soil is light; just right for the roots of plants to grow and flourish. Because the beds are raised, water drains nicely and roots are never sitting in water. Then the whole bed is used to grow plants and the gardener walks around it on paths. Not only can vegetables be grown in a raised bed but also flowers and herbs.

Continue reading

Organic Rose Gardening

Roses are often thought of as being delicate and hard to grow and they do take a little more care than many other types of flowers. It is an old wives tale that you can’t grow roses without the aid of chemicals. They do take a little special care, and they can be grown without chemicals. Old roses are especially resilient, but the delicate tea rose can successfully be grown without any chemical products at all.

 

It is especially important to remember that any plant will resist disease and pests if it is healthy to begin with. Pests zero in on plants that might have a problem and disease hits plants that are not in the best of health to begin with. If your roses are healthy, they will be able to withstand any pest invasion and avoid disease. Continue reading

Best Fruits and Vegetables to Grow in Different Seasons

When we were first taught by our science teacher on how to plant seedlings and water the plants, we thought at first that all plants can grow on any time of the year and can yield crops. But sadly, that is not the reality.

It takes time, patience and sometimes risk to get a plant growing healthy and to be able to produce crops. Not every plant was built for a specific season and this is why if you really want to start your own home organic garden, you must first make an initial research on which plants are much suited for the current season in your place or locality. Continue reading

Soil Solarization For A Small Garden!

The soil is always filled with rich nutrients that can be able to nourish your plants and crops as they grow, but it’s not always a happy world in plant life. There can be weeds and other pests that might be eating away your soil and plant’s nutrition without your knowledge. To easily remove them, a method called solarization is usually done in small gardens. It’s similar to putting up a greenhouse but only on a smaller scale and with cheaper materials.

Continue reading

Vertical Gardening Guide!

You have probably seen it from a couple of malls, public establishments and even a few city buildings – plants and crops hanging on layers of shelves. This is known as vertical gardening and it aims to be a space-saving type of gardening that can be done even in the city or metropolitan, urban areas.

Vertical Garden Crops.

There are a couple of plants that you can easily grow on a vertical garden. These include: tomatoes, gourds, melons, pole beans, peas, cucumbers, pumpkins, squash and many similar plants. Continue reading

Rain Barrel Tips for Organic Gardening!

Most of us are not so confident with using rain water to irrigate our home-grown plants, especially that they are edible. There could be a couple of natural and artificial pollutants in the rainwater, but according to recent scientific studies, it is quite safe to use rainwater by using a rain barrel to water the plants.

Many countries and localities use rain barrel water for watering their organic gardens because of the climate or season in their place. For instance, they have long summers or droughts and drastically need to water the plants. For starters, here are a couple of ways and tips on how to effectively set up and utilize a rain barrel for organic gardening:

Know your Roofing Materials.

know your roofing materials

Make sure that your roofing isn’t made up of toxic materials or chemically treated to kill algae or moss, because this definitely means it will be toxic to plants. These roofing materials include wood-shake roofing, copper gutters and zinc strips. Continue reading

Composting Organically!

 

compost-pile

Composting is easy to do, although many place too much emphasis and mystery into what you need to put in your compost. It is hard to compost the wrong way. The first thing you need is a place to put your compost.

Compost is the heart of an organic garden. If you decide to garden organically, you will need to build or buy a compost container because you will need a lot of compost to keep your soil healthy and your plants happy.

Compost Containers.

Composting is easy to do, although many place too much emphasis and mystery into what you need to put in your compost. It is hard to compost the wrong way. The first thing you need is a place to put your compost.

It can be as simple as 4 stakes in the ground with some chicken wire wrapped around them making a container, a couple untreated wooden boards nailed together in a square or rectangle with nothing on the bottom or by staking cement blocks and steadying them with rebar to make a compost bin.

simple-compost-binYou can go fancy and use a metal trash can, putting slits or holes in it so that the compost can breathe or you can buy a handy-dandy compost barrel made out of rubberized or plastic material. Some are even on tripods and have a handle to turn them on occasion.

The compost doesn’t care what kind of container or pile it is in. It works just as well with chicken wire as it does with a turning container with a handle. What you put in IS important. Continue reading

Organic Vegetable Gardening For Beginners!

vegetables-basket-organicWhat is an organic vegetable and can I grow them in my backyard? This is a common question today as people are becoming more aware of what they are putting into their bodies when they eat.

It is becoming more popular to avoid unnecessary chemicals, pesticides and other synthetic substances that stay in the vegetables regardless of how much they are washed. Continue reading

The Amazing Benefits Of Organic Gardening!

 

vegetable-basketWe all go to the super market and buy fruits and vegetables. And if you’re older like me you bought what they had available back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Back then they didn’t know what ‘organic’ was. Only a handful of individuals knew that pesticides and later on, genetically modified foods were and what they could do your body.

As a result, thanks to activists, we have finally learned the truth about harmful pesticides and unhealthy growing practices. It has gotten much better and now we can buy all kinds of organic products, and if you’re really smart you’ll start your own organic garden.

Even though things have gotten better, there is still a lot of food poisoning resulting from poor handling of the produce and poultry, whether it’s at the originally source or in the actual market. Continue reading