As organic foods become more and more popular — and more and more commonplace — the need for people to grow their own food, organically, also increases. Here, then, we’re going to talk about some of the most popular tips and tricks for growing — and caring for — your organic garden. In so doing, you’ll find that caring for your organic garden is a lot easier than you think,including termite treatment phoenix project!
Your Organic Garden: Tips & Tricks for a Successful Garden
One of the most important things you’ll need to keep in mind when you’re watering your organic garden is the level of moisture that your garden holds. If you’re in a humid environment — such as in the so-called “Gulf” states, like Florida and Louisiana — you’ll have much more moisture in the soil than in a more arid, desert-like environment (such as the one you’ll find in Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico). The best way to keep track of your soil’s moisture is to use a moisture meter. These are relatively inexpensive, and can be found at one of your local “big box” gardening stores. Remember: too little water, and your garden will die; too much moisture, and your garden won’t grow properly.
In order to have a proper organic garden, you’re going to need to use products that you’ll find on the OMRI list of certified organic materials. According to their website, the OMRI — or the Organic Materials Review Institute — is a not-for-profile organization that determines whether or not a product can be considered organic based on the standards set forth by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). For more information about the OMRI product list, click here. For more information about the UDSA’s National Organic Program (NOP), click here.
The quality of the soil will ultimately determine the quality of the food produced. To that end, then, it’s in your best interests to keep the soil as nourished as possible. You can do that with composting — and the most common materials used in composting include cow manure, sheep manure, and domestic animal manure. In the event you don’t have easy access to cow manure, for example, you can easily pick some up at your local “big box” hardware store, such as Home Depot and/or Lowe’s. In addition, you can visit your local farmer’s market and ask the farmers where they get their manure…or you can ask them if you can buy some for yourself (granted, it won’t leave the most pleasant smell in your car, but it will be well worth it).
You’ve heard it said before, but it’s absolutely essential to not only get rid of all of the dead plants that are in your garden, but to periodically get rid of all the weeds that will crop up in your garden (yes, it will happen even to the best gardeners). If you don’t take care of this problem, your weeds will eventually over-run your garden (taking away vital nutrients from your desired plants), and your dead plants will eventually kill your live plants.
Though this isn’t a common piece of advice, it’s essential to periodically sterilize your gardening tools, especially if the tools come into contact with diseased plants and/or soil. The University of Georgia has put together a complete list of things that you need to do in order to sterilize your plants, as well as a list of things to keep in mind before you sterilize your tools. For more information about this list, click here.