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Organic Gardening: How to Grow Healthy Flowers Herbs and Vegetables

If you have a green thumb, organic gardening offers you an environmentally friendly way to grow your own flowers, herbs and vegetables. It’s important that you follow the right methodology when organic gardening to ensure that everything grows healthy. Here are a few tips to help you along in your organic gardening adventure.

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Plant Crops Closely Together

As Good Housekeeping explains, it’s best to grow vegetables, cutting flowers or any other crops that you plan to harvest closely together in areas of your garden where you won’t be stepping on so that weeds won’t grow in between them. Planting these crops tightly together will also help you reduce the amount of water that’s needed to water them. You can plant these crops in raised beds so that they’re easier to grow and manage.

Try Natural Pesticides

Some manufactured pesticides are made with harmful chemicals that may be hazardous to your garden, the environment and your personal health. Using natural pesticides can still keep your flowers, herbs and vegetables safe from bugs without having such a negative impact on the ecosystem. In fact, you can make your own pesticides with a few simple household ingredients. A mixture of vegetable oil and mild soap can be sprayed around your garden to keep aphids and other pests at bay. You can also try concocting a spray made with garlic puree, vegetable oil and mild liquid soap. Spider mites can be kept away from your garden with a mixture of Himalayan crystal salt and warm water.

Use Organic Fertilizer

Organic fertilizer can make your soil healthier and more ideal for growing your garden. You can find bags of soil that contain natural fertilizer to ensure the best results. A fertilizer that contains gypsum can enhance the structure of soil and promote healthy growth. You can also purchase a compost bin and make your own fertilizer with many of the food scraps and other household items that you discard.

Rotate Planting Areas

Certain diseases that are known to affect specific types of vegetation may be lurking in the soil even after your growing season is over. These diseases may still be present in the soil at the start of the new growing season and be waiting to attack your new crops. Better Homes & Gardens suggests planting items in different areas of your garden each season to fool the agents that cause these diseases. Plants, herbs and flowers that are closely related to one another could be affected by the same diseases and should be planted farther away from each other.

Managing your organic garden can be a more rewarding endeavor if the proper measures are taken to ensure the healthiest growth. No matter what you wish to grow, organic gardening is the way to go.

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Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700

 

 

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