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There are many great reasons to be an organic gardener. For those of us who like to grow our own herbs and vegetables, we know exactly what we’re eating. For those who like a beautiful garden without harming Mother Earth, it’s a win-win situation too. Better still, its said that your investment in organic gardens improves the value of your home! No matter your reason, most organic gardeners agree that there are various keys to successful organic gardening.

Organic Green Gardening
Organic Green Gardening
Let’s start with mulch. Any time you begin an organic garden use about 2-3″ of organic material tilled into the soil as a foundation in spring, followed by another layer of organics like pine needles in the fall. The great thing about mulch is that it feeds your plants and soil, promotes healthy roots, and also helps keep weeds at bay. If any sneaky weeds get through, a spray of plain vinegar usually does the trick. It’s perfectly organic and safe for your soil and plants.

Next comes your selection of plants. Some plants need more hands on care than others. If you want something that doesn’t need a lot of watering or weeding, look to shade gardens, for example. If you only want to invest once in your garden array, seek out perennial varieties. While the outlay is more at first, you’ll more than save over the years unless you’re planning to adjunct the garden with annuals.

Beyond cost consider your plants in terms of what they bring into your garden in terms of beneficial insects, and what type of chemicals their roots give to the soil. Don’t forget to review some age-old companion planting methods, which also improves results greatly – both for overall yield and for insect control. Also, unless you’re an experienced gardener you’ll be more successful with plants native to your environment.

Just like a regular garden, your organic garden’s design must reflect full grown plants, not the size as seedlings. Put smaller items in front of taller ones so they still get plenty of sun and air. And if possible, group your plants according to their need for water (this makes upkeep easier). Speaking of watering, early morning is the best time to give your garden a good soaking. On the flip side, if planting a new flower or bush it’s best to do this later in the day or when it’s overcast to improve the chances for survival.

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