A Step-by-Step Guide To Organic Gardening at Home news

A Step-by-Step Guide To Organic Gardening at Home

What‘s stopping you from going 100% organic? Cost, inaccessibility. What if we told you that none of them can stop you from going organic?

That’s right and the answer to that is -Organic Gardening.

Too hippie or bohemian for 2020? Well, it’s the need of the hour for you and this beautiful home called Earth!

Now, gardening may sound like a lot of work, and it is. But once you see those luscious, plump red tomatoes or fresh green coriander looking up and smiling at you, you’ll know it’s all worth it. Besides, what makes organic gardening easy and fun, is the right paraphernalia.


Here’s a step-by-step guide to Organic Gardening at home. 


Step 1 - Prepare the Soil: 

Organic gardening means you’ll be planting crops without using chemical fertilizers or pesticides, which means you’ll need to take extra care of the soil. Your soil needs proper conditioning; a healthy soil gives you healthy produce. You can acquire soil from a nearby nursery or online. Begin with testing the soil you have at your disposal. This isn't really compulsory, especially, if you’ve got our soil from a trusted source. What you need to make sure, however, is that your soil has enough humus. (humus is a dark, organic matter formed in the soil as a result of animal/plant decay. Plus, it hydrates the soil and loosens it permitting better aeration and drainage; basically humus is key for the long-lasting health of your soil.

But if you want to go all out and test your soil, you can get a home testing kit online.


Step 2 - Prep with Compost: Once you have your soil, you’ll need to prep it with some compost, leaves, grass clippings and manure. Make sure the manure you use is sourced from local livestock, that’s organically raised. 

Once you have your composts, here’s how you apply it:

First measure out space like at least 3 feet per. Your compost can be a simple heap or just be contained in a bin or a custom pen. (if compost is stored well, it won't smell)

Add alternating layers of brown (carbon, leaves garden trimmings)  material and green ( kitchen waste and manure) material. As you add new layers, turn the pile and add water so that microbes start doing their work.




Step 3 - Choose the Right Crops


What are the things you must consider while choosing the rights crops to grow?

  • Local climate
  • Gradation of the soil
  • Other micro-conditions like-light, water, drainage & soil quality
  • Mostly, many vegetables are home-grown using seeds. If you’re buying seedlings make sure they’re not raised without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.


    Step 4 - Plant Your Crops

    Once you’ve made the big decision, go ahead and get to work!


    A few tips about planting:

  • Harvesting plants like flowers or vegetables should be grouped into tight beds; raised bed work very well. Grouping reduces weeding and water waste and helps you apply compost or nutrients with more precision.
  • Also, leave ample space between the beds, to promote air circulation, which will help prevent fungal attacks. 
  • If you have seedlings, make sure you keep trimming them as per nursery instructions. You’ll want to avoid overcrowding.

  • Step 5 - Watering

    Once you’ve got your soil and plants settled in you’ll just have to let the water start doing its magic. When it comes to watering remember the following:

  • Always water in the mornings; you’re less likely to lose water due to evaporation because it’s not windy. Evenings, due to the dew, the soil gets wet anyway, more water will just cause fungal or bacterial diseases.
  • Water the roots not the greenery. A drip or soak system too can work, make sure you’re extra careful in watering the base of the plant by hand.
  • Once the plants are at a mature stage, you can shift to infrequent watering (maybe 1 or 2 applications per week); it improves deep rooting, which eventually promotes stronger plants.
  • To avoid shocking the greenery use water according to the air temperature; collected rainwater is ideal.

  • Step 6 - Weeding

    Wherever you are, you can’t escape weeds. 

    The best way to remove them is the traditional way by hand. It’s good exercise and gives you an excuse to enjoy some fresh air.

    Tip: Organic Mulch is a great weed repellent. 


    Step 7 - Protection

    If you thought weeds were much, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, they’re just the beginning.

    How do you keep your garden safe from unwanted predators?

  • Make sure there are proper light and ventilation. Dark and dingy will always invite pests. Also the more diverse your garden the better you can prevent pests, who’ll be distributed across plants rather invading just the one type of plant.
  • Foster the wanted predators: Remember the saying, ‘Your enemy’s enemy is your friend’?  Your friends would be frogs, lizards, bats, birds, and ladybugs. You can do your bit and lure them in using water, you can use nets and row covers too. Growing a flower alongside could help attract beneficial insects. Horticultural oils, insecticidal soaps, garlic or hot pepper spray to help. You can source and use a variety of natural pesticides for your needs.

  • Step 8 - Harvest 

    The favorite step of all, harvest! Check your garden every day during peak harvest season.

    If you’re harvesting herbs, pick them right before you need them so that you get to enjoy them as fresh as possible. If you’re drying and storing them. Wait till they flower, as flowers will have the best flavor. Harvest all herbs (except basil) at mid-morning. Basil can be picked up in the late afternoon, they are better if they get to soak in the sun a bit.


    If it’s leafy veggies that you’re harvesting. Pick sporadically from the entire crop, basically a bit of everything, and cut it right above the leaf node for the best part of the plant.


    Step 9 - Clean and Filter

    At the end of the season, you must filter out the good from bad, that is if there are some sick ones. Make sure you pull out the entire organism and rake up good underneath, leaving no traces of diseased leaves. The healthy or expired ones serve as great soil cover but if you’re taking away the annuals, do that by chopping not by hand. This way you'll leave the soil intact and prevent weeds too.


    Happy Organic Gardening!







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