What is organic-gardening? What makes it different from “regular” gardening? What makes it preferable over other types of gardening and how do you begin using organic gardening techniques?
RECIPES & IDEAS
Organic living is more than just gardening. It’s knowing what to do with your garden, how to preserve the produce, how to live a more sustainable life in every detail. We’re all going to make mistakes and slip up from time to time, of course, but living a more sustainable life is the goal and if we share ideas, we’ll get there..
QUESTIONS & COMMENTS
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BASICS OF ORGANIC LIVING
Organic gardening is what our ancestors did but did not know it! This type of gardening does not encourage the use of synthetic chemicals for fertilizers or pesticides. Everything you do in this type of gardening is not supposed to harm the environment even tree felling services
It is supposed to be good for the soil. In organic gardening you’re making friends with nature rather than trying to work in opposition with it.
The main thing gardening organically does is concentrate on working in harmless ways with nature and using those things which nature offers to combat other things that nature offers. It’s amazing but it works incredibly well and along the way, your produce tastes better, and doesn’t harm the world around you when you grow it.
Learning New Things Together
This summer I was able to grow some beautiful flowers and it gave me renewed hope about growing a garden. I went to my local garden center and saw organic products for Gardening and thought I should take a look at this option.
I began by planting a simple container garden of tomatoes and to my surprise they grew into delicious tomatoes.
Eager to try more so began my journey into the world of organic gardening, I began to explore my options in gardening to determine what was going to grow the best and offer me a cost effective and productive gardening experience. I’d like to share what I learned and to learn from your experiences. Visit our forum and let’s share some tips on gardening and growing things more naturally.
How to grow vegetables and herbs the organic way
The best place to start is by downloading the Organic Growing Guidelines or tree felling guidelines. These are a code of practice, designed with a helpful traffic light system, to help you on your organic growing journey - whether you are a complete beginner, want to convert to organic, or be reminded of good organic practice.
It's wise to plan your planting and doing your tree cutting - making a note of what veg will grow where. This allows you to rotate crops from year to year, to avoid disease and to maximise your soil's fertility.
Our How to Grow cards cover a selection of vegetables, fruit and herbs – from artichokes to apples and turnips and thyme. See also weed management, and how to cope with pests and diseases the organic way.
Preparing your organic growing area
Your first battle might be with weeds. These compete with other plants for light, nutrition and water, so you need to clear them before you start growing. If your plot is small, you can dig the weeds out, making sure you remove the whole plant, plus root.
However, if your growing area is large, don’t try clear it all before planting. Hours of digging will only lead to back ache and the depressing sight of weeds returning. And if you resort to a blast of weed killer (glyphosateformulations), you are using toxic chemicals on the very area you want to grow your healthy fruit and veg.
Instead, divide the plot in half. Dig one half, in the other you will feed the soil by using a thick organic mulch that covers the soil to exclude light. Here's how:
1 For the mulched half, cut down the larger weed foliage to just above soil level using a satisfying slash technique (you can use much of the foliage on your new compost heap, so long as there are no seeds). Then cover the area with a mulch that will exclude light. You can use a variety of materials to do this – a layer of compost or well rotted manure is ideal, recommended 1 wheelbarrow full per 5 sqm, topped by cardboard (weighed down by bricks or another thin layer of compost so it doesn’t blow away), or a black plastic membrane, also pinned down. (Don’t use carpet – many of the dyes have toxic chemicals that can leach into your precious soil.)
Leave this for at least 6 - 12 months. It’s that simple. You don’t have to do a thing, as the weeds will weaken in the dark and the earthworms do their work to enrich the soil and lawn.
2 Now dig the area where you want to start growing. Take out tough and woody weeds like docks, thistles, nettles and brambles, removing all the roots. Put the foliage on the compost heap, drown the roots in a bucket of water for a couple of months - then add to the compost heap. See FAQs for how to deal with bindweed or brambles.
Then add compost or manure - one big wheelbarrow, or 5 large buckets, for every 5 square metres of ground. Dig this compost into the top 10 cms of soil, and your bed is ready for planting. If you want to sow seeds, use a rake to break down and gently flatten the topsoil into a fine texture (known as tilth) so the seeds can access soil and water to germinate.