How do you start organic gardening?

Organic Chemical Free Gardening

Every year, thousand of chemicals are poured into the environment and millions of gallons of water are needlessly wasted. How? By growing plants. Sure, most of this is done by large agricultural producers, but some of it is still done in personal gardens. This is in no way a criticism. Just shows that there are ways we can make a difference by changing to chemical free organic gardening. Many agricultural producers have done it, and you can use the same tricks to help your own garden, and the planet.

Organic Gardening

 

Some chemical free organic gardening tips to get started

Choosing appropriate plants

Pick appropriate plants. Not all plants are appropriate for the area you live in. While you might be able to control the temperature, humidity, and rain conditions inside your house, this is more difficult in the garden, unless you have a greenhouse.  Choosing appropriate plants for your area means you may be able to avoid using fertilizers and save on water too. Research which plants are native to your surrounding areas and plant them in your garden. Wildflowers, are just that; they can pretty much be left alone and will thrive in most areas.

Organic Cherries from crop rotation

 

 

Plants that repel

Pick natural repelling plants. You don’t need to rely on poisons to keep away garden ruining pests. Many plants produce chemicals that repel these animals naturally. By putting them in or around your garden, you can keep your garden safe with little effort and no chemicals. This is especially important for organic vegetable gardening.

Natural Insect Repelent

Lavender, garlic and basil are examples of plants that repel mosquitoes. Growing them in your garden will hopefully make it more enjoyable to sit there in warmer weather without the fear of being stung! You can then use the lavender for your pot pourri herb sachets inside the house. Plus, Lavender is very helpful for inducing a good night’s sleep. Garlic is great for jazzing up most dishes. Besides this it has many health benefits such as helping to lower blood pressure and boosting heart health. Basil is a great addition to tomato sauces and many other dishes. Added to that washing your fruit and vegetables in a basil solution is said to reduce the amount of shigella bacteria; shigella is an infectious bacteria which can cause diarrhea.

If you don’t want to plant natural repellents in your garden, you can use them to spray your plants without harming them. That way you also avoid using artificial chemicals in your garden. Many herbs like hot pepper, vanilla, bay leaf,  and chives are helpful insect repellents. Soap sprays are also very effective and cheap because you can make them yourself. Finally you could choose to buy a natural insect repellent. 

Weeding the garden

Plants that repel

 

Pull weeds. We’re all looking for a quick and easy way to safely get rid of weeds without chemicals, but the good old fashioned way is still very effective. I know it can be a drag too, but..taking a little time each day for this task is quite effective. You will find that you then don’t have to spend such a long time in one go, and it seems like less work. If you have children, get them involved and make a game of it  There are even some common weeds that are edible. Just make sure there are no pesticides on them, better still wash them before use. And also make sure you know enough about them before eating them.

 

Rotating your crops

 Farmers all over the world use crop rotation to naturally fertilise plants. The concept is to change what crop you’re putting in a certain field or area each year. Plants use different nutrients and put other nutrients back into the soil. If you rotate crops that replace the nutrients the other plants use, you will have to fertilise the soil less.

Organic Produce

 

You can use this same concept in your garden by planting different plants every year, or just rotating where you put specific plants in the garden.

Saving water

Use a barrel to collect rain water. This is something you can easily make. The fancier you want it, obviously the more time and energy it will take. But if you want something simple just redirect one of the guttering pipes into a big barrel. Remember to cover it with some gauze if you are living in an area with mosquitoes. To make it even more effective, fit a pipe a couple of inches from the bottom of the barrel so you can add a tap to make it easier to get the water.

Saving water with mulch

 

Using mulch around the plants not only for organic gardening,  will also help to save water. The mulch helps prevent the soil around the plants from drying out  too quickly, so reducing the need to water them frequently.

 


Passing it on

So, you’ve made all these changes and have a low-water, chemical free organic garden? Well, there is still  one really important thing to do: pass it on! One garden can make a dent, but more can make a bigger difference. Tell your friends, teach your children, you can even visit their school and teach their friends. Every little bit helps make a better world.grapes-1442943__340-1

 

 

 

 

 

 


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6 thoughts on “How do you start organic gardening?

  1. Brian says:

    Dear Valina,

    This was really informative! When I was in Israel I noticed that they have a very clever way of dealing with water wastage in agriculture. They lay done pipes across the field with tiny pinpricks in them and water goes through those pipes and little droplets come out through the pinpricks.

    In this way water is directed exactly where it is needed, it is not sprayed at random or too much laid out only to be evaporated by the heat.

    Have you seen anything like this? I don’t know if they use it in other countries.

    • admin says:

      Hi Brian,
      thanks so much for your comment.
      Yes I have seen something similar to this here on the island as well.
      It is a great idea and as you say it does save water.

      I will have to write another post sometime with this and other ideas. 🙂
      All the best
      vee

  2. Shailie says:

    A very interesting article! Im glad that i found it in time.

    Organic Gardening is quiet novel for me. My parents really like gardening vegetables in their big yard, but not organic. The organic ingredients are always sold pricy in the market, planting them by ourselves is kinda good way to save money. I will recommend my parents to read it!

    Thanks for sharing, it is amazing!

    Shailie

    • admin says:

      Hey Shailie,

      thanks much. I practice organic gardening and am so happy that I can just go out into my garden and get the fresh herbs I need to cook. I also have other vegetables growing and it is so much fun and so rewarding to eat what I have grown, not to mention the money I save. It really is worth it for many reasons.

      Hope your parents will be just as excited as you and I 🙂

      All the best
      Vee

  3. Blame says:

    Thank you for the tips of natural repellants. My father grows a lot of stuff on the roof top and it gets really annoying how many bugs go there. There are even bees as big as my thumb. That’s why during the summer time, I would prefer not to go near the plants just so I don’t catch a bunch of insect bites and stings. Lavendar, basil and garlic sounds like perfect ideas because I love all of them. I haven’t tried cooking with lavendar and basil yet, because I am not sure what kind of “taste” they will bring to my food. I will give that a try from now on.

    • admin says:

      Hi Blame,

      Wow, I think I would stay away from those big bees! 🙂 I can understand that though about staying away from the plants. I am fortunate that the bees in my garden are not so big and peaceful but I have been stung in the past and being careful is also important. That is one reason I love to have the different herbs that repell – that way i can carry on enjoying my garden in peace.

      All the best to you and your dad and thanks again for your comment

      Vee

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