Once your beds or rows have been planted, care is needed to keep them weeded. This is critical with any root crop. Hand weed and be careful not to damage there roots. Once the seedlings are 2 to 4 inches tall you need to thin them to 4 to 6 inches apart and when the root of the beets get to a diameter of 1 inch you will need to pull every other one out, water deeply and mulch the beds to control weeds.
Insects can be a problem for the organic green thumb. The are many steps that are necessary to prevent the invasion. The first thing you should do is clear your garden of all the dead debree. Cleanliness can be your best friend in this. Making sure the entire growing area is free of debree and trash can go along way. Turning your soil is also a good idea. If you do come under attack there are items at your local nursery that can help rid the pesky varmints. Over watering can also cause insects to come forth, so keep this in mind. Also keeping a bowl of water nearby can help keep the insects off of your plants by inviting birds who prey on the insects.
But just as some plants benefit from being planted next to each other, others hate being next to each other. Planting them together can make one or both of the plants grow much slower, and potentially reduce their yield. For example tomatoes hate growing near potatoes or corn. Strangely enough, this hatred doesn’t always go both ways. While corn also hates growing next to tomatoes, potatoes don’t care if they are planted next to either vegetable (and in fact like being near corn).
Organic Gardening. There are a lot of people that do organic gardening and they don’t even know it. By definition it’s the growing of fruits and vegetables using only natural methods. In essence, it means there are no artificial chemicals used to fertilize, control weeds and control pests.
To rid your organic garden of bugs, try using a mixture of dish soap and water. Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap into a gallon of water. Use a spray bottle to spray the foliage and soil around the plants. Before spraying your whole garden or even a whole plant, test the effect of the mixture on a few leaves and wait a few days before doing the rest.
I prefer not to expose myself and my family to any more chemicals than necessary. I choose to grow my own vegetables at home in my greenhouse. I can decide which fertilisers and pesticides are used or not used. I actually prefer to use natural fertilisers and I do not use pesticides. I find the time I spend in my greenhouse is quite relaxing so i enjoy looking around at the plants. Whenever I see a bug, I just squash it. Snails get a saucer of beer left out and they prefer that to my seedlings. I am very ruthless and I squash them every morning.
When starting your organic garden, don’t forget to plant companion plants. Companion plants are like very friendly neighbors. They can enrich the soil and keep pests away from your other plants. By planting them together, you can avoid the use of harmful pesticides or artificial fertilizer products.