As anyone knows who has ever planned out a garden, there are rules to gardening organic that help to make the garden even more successful. Some of this will involve the use of organic garden fertilizer, which is a big boon for smaller home gardens, and some will involve the choice of plants you use. Because there are many choices when looking at what to do when gardening organic, having a few choice plans in place will help even the novice gardener to have a successful organic garden the first year.
One of the oldest ways in organic gardening that you can make your garden more successful is with companion planting. This is when you plant with the ideal of each plant being beneficial to the rest of the garden. There are a few plants that seem to be perfect for this and have been used for years.
This is generally done on a larger scale. You would plant a crop in one field that will attract the insects you don’t want in your main field.
Anyone can practice this in their garden. If you plant legumes which trap nitrogen in the plant, you can then turn them under at the end of the season for a natural and organic garden fertilizer for the soil in the coming year. Many gardeners will companion plant legumes with other plants in a nitrogen-poor soil to improve the following year’s crop.
Marigolds have long been known to repel insects because of their scent. They also repel in the soil because their roots also give off the scent that most insects avoid.
This is when you grow plants that mutually help because of the kind of conditions they need. A good example is to grow a tall sun-loving plant next to shorter shade-loving plants. Another example is growing plants with spines on them right next to something like corn, so that animals such as raccoons cannot pick them before you get a chance to harvest.
Increasing Your Yield
Gardening organic, organic garden fertilizerIf you are gardening organic with vegetables in mind, then the yield per foot becomes very important. One important aspect to increase your yield is to be sure that organic garden fertilizer is applied each spring to replenish the soil. This should just be a basic part of the soil preparation each year. There are a few other things that you will want to consider as you get ready to set up your garden this spring.
It has been shown time and again that raised beds will always give a gardener a better yield per foot than the traditional row gardening. This is because not only do you have a looser soil that makes it easier for roots to get the nutrients they need, but also that you can devote more of the space to planting since you will not need to add footpaths. These closer spaced plants will also cut down on weeding time since there is less sun between the plants for weeds to sprout up in.
Round Your Bed Tops
This may sound small, but a five foot square bed becomes a six foot square bed when you make the top of the raised bed rounded instead of flat. That extra foot times the length of your bed can be significant in terms of yield in the long run. When gardening organic you want every advantage you can get. And if you plant something like lettuce or cabbage at the edge you get even more of a yield.
Whenever you grow anything that likes to grow up, like beans, peas and tomatoes, trellis them. This gives you more room below for bushy plants and helps the trellised plants by giving them lots of sun. Remember – grow up whenever possible!
As you can see these are just a few ideas for ways you can increase your garden yields or have more lush flowers when planning to begin gardening organic. Once you have added the organic garden fertilizer during the spring to enrich your soil, planned your raised beds to increase your gardening space and placed your companion plants to encourage healthy growing, you will be a much happier and more successful gardener. Then all you need to do is enjoy!