Organic Gardening

June 30, 2011

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about organic gardening lately. It’s becoming a very popular method of gardening, but to the novice, it can seem confusing and overwhelming. Organic gardening doesn’t have to be complicated and will make a huge difference in the way your plants and flowers grow, so we thought we would give you some easy organic gardening tips and tricks.

First things first, what should you grow? 

Red Mountain Sage-  This plant does very well in full sunlight and flowers beautifully. Its ideal if you’re starting your first organic garden.

American Agave- This plant has a beautiful structural shape and can grow pretty large. Its leaves do have sharp edges so handle it with care but it’s drought tolerant and really thrives in dry soil and full sun.

Scotch Bonnet- If you like hot peppers as much as I do, this pepper is an absolute necessity in your organic garden. It’s pretty spicy and comparable to a habanero pepper but does really well in full sun and drier soil. Always wear gloves when handling these peppers- I learned that the hard way.

You’ve got your plants, now how do you take care of them organically?

Watering- Collecting rainwater is one of the best organic gardening tips. Just put barrels or buckets out in the open when it rains and keep the collected water to use on your plants and flowers on days when it’s not raining. If you live in an area with little rainfall, I recommend using a watering can instead of a hose. Usually, when people use hoses to water their plants and flowers they end up wasting a lot of water by using a watering can, you can quench your plants thirst without wasting much.

Compost- Feed your plants with waste from your own kitchen and yard. You can buy compost, but you don’t really know what goes into it. Creating your own compost is really easy and I’ve found it meets my plants and flowers needs better than anything I’ve ever used.

Organic Pest Control- You can buy organic pest control and they seem to work pretty well but there are also lots recipes for homemade pest controls that work very well. Usually, these pest controls contain garlic, chili power or oil, fish, soap, vegetable oil, and other plants that have natural insecticides. You can find recipes for these all over the internet. I have had the best luck with is Garlic Chili spray. It’s powerful stuff.

Pay Attention- You can’t ignore your organic garden, it needs daily attention. It doesn’t have to be more than a few minutes each day, but you do need to put in that time to make sure it’s growing and thriving.

Anyone else have some good organic gardening tips?

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One Response to “Organic Gardening”

  1. This looks like my dream flowerbed!!! We usually either over-plant or under-plant 🙂

    Two years ago we left for 6 weeks and our organic garden survives and had a great yield of tomatoes and spices!

    Go organic, yay!

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