An organic garden can enhance the look of your house and increase the health quotient of your family. Read below for tips on making an organic garden at home.
For those with no particular idea of organic gardening or gardening in particular the first step would be to do a proper research on the subject. Determine what type of garden you would like, depending on the size and location of your house. You should also identify what plants you should plant. Look at the whole picture while doing your research.
The next important step is to find the type of soil that your garden has. For this, you can do soil testing. It is essential that you determine the right pH level of the soil. Take soil samples from various points in the garden and do a pH test so that you get a good idea of the soil’s overall pH level. You can use a litmus paper or an electronic pH meter.
The plants that you select to grow must be in accordance to the pH level of the soil. Most fruit bearing plants grow well in slightly acidic soil, which is at pH 6.3 to 6.8. Using nitrogen and phosphorous you can increase or decrease the pH level of the soil.
Since you can’t use fertilizers, composting is the best way to improve the soil. Composting will also allow you to discard all your organic garbage. Take a large bin and put in all the organic trash. Then add a few shovelful of soil and some earthworms. Once a week mix the materials in the bin to keep the compost well aerated. After two months, you can use the compost. Mix the compost with the soil in the garden. Another great organic fertilizer option is to use cow dung.
Find out the types of pests. There are many books and websites devoted to it. You can use homemade sprays to counter the pests. Spraying the garden with neem water is a very good option. Another method is to mix any vegetable oil with a little dishwashing liquid. Take the solution in a spray bottle and shake vigorously before spraying. Spray this every ten days. Sprinkling cornmeal around the base of the plants is also effective in repelling many types of pests and insects.
The seeds that you plant in your garden should be organic. That is, the seeds should be free from chemicals and other toxic residues. Make sure that the saplings are also organic.
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