Small Doggies Magazine

The Beginnings Connected With Natural And Organic Gardening

The problem with some garden owners is that they use too much chemical fertilizers believing it is good for their plants and garden. But, prolonged use of chemical herbicide or weed killer will make your soil unhealthy.

First of all, it is much healthier. Correct. Note that the modern diseases are strongly connected to what we eat everyday, hence what we are exposed to. This is a valid point. So take into account that the vegetables you buy at stores come from an industrialised crops and have a lot of pesticides. Even more, consider that by doing it yourself you have a full control over what gets into your food.

Last year, I thought the temperature was consistently too cold for much to grow. This year I have started early because I want to have older and stronger plants ready to transplant before the colder months are upon us. Usually the winter temperature fluctuates between high 20’s and the low 50’s, but last year the winter temperatures seemed to have been in the mid 30’s- low 40’s. The weather is one factor that we just can never fully account for when planning our gardens.

Also, an important criterion for the soil is the ability to drain out the surplus water, in case of too much of rain. After you have selected your site, observe it for a day or two to find out whether that is suitable. Does it receive adequate sunlight? How does the soil like? Try to find out answers to these questions. This will bring out the best Organic Gardening.

Fall is a great time to test your garden soil to find out if you need to amend the soil to balance the ph level or improve the soil structure and is a great time to add lime or other mineral amendments. Organic soil amendments and fertilizers need time to benefit the soil. Applying them in the fall will give them the time needed to be broken down by the organisms in the soil and to replenish the soil for spring planting.

You might want to review those reasons and mentally evaluate them. Those factors produce a rather strong case for why you should start growing your own organic food.

Amending the soil: Since good soil is essential for a good garden, you need to amend the soil, if need be. The best way to do this is to add compost to it. You can either prepare the compost on your own or have this delivered at your doorsteps by a shop. You can also send the soil for testing for nutrients and acidity.

The idea of companion planting is extremely simple. Certain combinations of plants, when planted next to each other, will improve the growth of one or both of the plants. This can be due to the effect one of the plants has on the soil, by attracting beneficial insects to the area (for example, attracting pollinators like bees), or even by repelling pests.