Tired of adulterated Vegetables? Start an Organic Garden at Home! (Planting and Maintaining Your Garden)

A well-maintained garden is a healthy garden. Only a garden that is maintained produces edible fruits and vegetables as well as beautiful flowers. Maintaining the garden also improves the desirability of the property. A neglected garden produces weeds and fat garden pests.

  1. Choose plants for your organic garden

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Think about what you like to eat and how often you want to eat it. Plants like tomatoes, peppers, and squash will keep producing all year long, while vegetables like carrots and corn will only produce once. Buy seedlings from a garden store or farmer’s market. Be sure to buy seedlings that haven’t bloomed yet, and make sure to ask if they’ve been treated with chemicals. To be a true organic garden, your plants should be completely free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

 

2. Plant your seedlings in full sun after the last frost

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Plant seedlings into your organic, compost-rich soil and set them in areas where they’ll receive full sun: at least 6 hours a day. Plant thickly to prevent weed growth. Companion plantings can fill in spaces in vegetable gardens, too, and will help you make the most of a small space. Spaces that are planted thickly enough will discourage weeds from growing between plants that you want.

3. Mulch areas around plants 2 in (5.1 cm) deep

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Organic mulches, including bark, wood chips, grass clippings, and mulch, gradually break down and enrich the soil.
In the meantime, they control weeds, help to moderate soil temperatures, and slow evaporation, meaning that you can water less.

4. Water your garden in the morning

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Water in the morning, when the temperature is cool and there’s less risk of evaporation, which will deprive your plants of water.
Watering in the evening isn’t ideal, as it keeps your plants wet overnight and encourages mildew. It’s still preferable to water in the middle of the day, though.

5. Weed your garden every few weeks

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Regularly taking off the green portions of weeds will deprive them of the nourishment they need to continue growing. Weeds are any plant you don’t want growing in an area and may include invasive ornamental or productive plants, such as ivy and mint.
Use a hoe and keep it sharp. Try a Dutch hoe or scuffle hoe instead of a conventional gooseneck style hoe. Hoe each area frequently enough to keep green weeds down.

6. Attract helpful creatures by adding seeds, compost, or flowers

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Many creatures can help your garden. Arrange the conditions of your garden to encourage them by:
-Putting out seed for birds
-Adding compost to your soil to attract worms
-Planting alyssum, sunflowers, lemon balm, and parsley to invite beneficial insects
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Author: SUVIDHA

SUVIDHA abbreviated as Society for the Upliftment of Villagers & Development of Himalayan Areas is a non-profit, rural development and voluntary organization founded in the year 2004 which aims at eliminating poverty, unemployment, poor health and illiteracy for 60% of citizens who still live in the backward areas of the nation. With over 13 years of experience in managing government/private sector projects, Suvidha is well equipped with the manpower and expertise to deliver holistic solutions in the field of Agriculture, Rural development, Women Empowerment, Education and Health.

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