Organic Gardening Techniques
On behalf of, and with our thanks to Keith Higgins
5. GARDENING TECHNIQUES
If you’ve taken it upon yourself to start practicing organic growing, you should have learnt plenty of valuable information throughout this resource you’ll be able to take away. However, in this final section we’ll give you further tips and advice for getting started.
TIPS FOR GROWING YOUR OWN ORGANIC FRUIT AND VEG
As we’ve discussed throughout, there are countless benefits to growing your organic produce, such as eating the healthiest fruit, vegetables and herbs around. At the same time, you’ll be reducing the use of pesticides and helping the environment. Also, as mentioned it’s common for organic foods in supermarkets to charge a premium rate – so it’s time to do something about this and grow from home.
Here are seven great tips to help you get started.
1. Planning is key
We have dedicated a section above on the planning phase of organic growing, but it’s worth a second mention due to the sheer importance it plays. With adequate planning you’ll be able to maximise your harvest. To start with, you should decide what you’re going to grow and find local sources offering these organic seeds.
Then you need to get out into the garden, decide how much space will be used and what your budget’s going to be. With thorough planning you can coordinate what will grow at different times of the year based on weather conditions.
2. Less is more
When you’re first starting out with organic growing, don’t fall into the trap of trying to plant everything under the sun. Instead, focus on creating a manageable crop and experiment with different plants to see what works best. Even if you’re in the middle of a town or city you can still grow organically, with a rooftop balcony, greenhouse or raised beds.
3. Choose plants for your environment
To be successful with your organic growing, you need to choose plants that’ll grow well in the climate and location you reside. Speak to other gardeners in your area and seek their advice on what seems to work best. Their inside knowledge could be vital.
4. Join clubs and share
You’ll be surprised at just how many gardening clubs and societies there are around the UK. So why not make the most of these? By having neighbours and friends who are also into gardening, you’ll be able to share tools, equipment and seeds – in turn bringing down everyone’s overall costs.
5. Use organic supplies
So, we know you’ll be growing organic produce, but likewise you should try to use organic supplies when maintaining. For starters, do not use any pesticides or herbicides – This defeats the point completely. Instead, there is a huge range of natural products you can use for weeding and treating disease in your garden. These are of course safer and better for the environment. You should also use organic soil or make your own compost by recycling food waste.
6. Complement your plants
There are ways to complement your plants that’ll help their development and in turn, create a better habitat for growing in your garden. In fact, there are loads of different species that’ll grow well together and complement each other – such as squash and beans or potatoes and corn. By focusing on complementary growing you can increase nutrients in the soil and improve the overall success of plants.
7. Enjoy yourself
Growing your own produce should be fun. Whether you’re doing this alone, with your partner or even getting the kids involved, you should enjoy gardening, rather than seeing it as a chore. By choosing your favourite plants and produce, you’ll be able to watch them grow and reap the rewards of your labour.