Top 3 Tips for Organic Gardening at HomeHome Kitchen
People often think that gardening is hard work and not worth what they get in vegetables for their family. Could it be that organic gardening at home can be fun and easy? By fun and easy I mean there is work to be done, but that work can become a fun project for the family and not a chore that needs to be done.
Here are three gardening tips to help make your gardening more enjoyable and much easier. Those tips are to use compost as a fertilizer, properly prepare the soil, and use plenty of mulch.
compost for fertilizer
If you are an organic gardener, you will want to use compost. I know you think maintaining a compost pile is a lot of work, right? It does not have to be this way. You don’t have to have fancy containers or break your back to turn compost.
I keep my compost in a pile; I try to keep it tidy. And I don’t turn my compost pile. Just let it sit until it all breaks down and put it in the garden. Now, you’ll need more compost to use this system, but to me, that’s better than flipping the heap. That becomes work.
Make your pile out of kitchen scraps, yard waste, and anything else you can find. I mix in about an inch of compost before planting and scrape a bit around the plants as they grow. You really don’t need a lot of compost to grow great vegetables.
If you’re starting a new garden bed, you’ll likely need to till the soil to loosen it up enough for planting. But, once it’s established, you don’t need to till very often if you’re doing everything else right.
Once your garden is established and you keep it well covered, you can remove most of it and establish your plants or sow your seed. There is no need to run the cultivator every time you plant something. This saves a lot of time and labor, plus it helps the soil structure.
Mulch can be a lifesaver. It makes your gardening so much easier and it’s so much better for your garden. With mulch there is no need to spend a sweaty, exhausting weekend weeding your garden. Why? There are few weeds. Just walk around the garden, once in a while, and pull out the little weeds as they rear their heads and that’s it.
Your mulch can be a commercial biodegradable material or it can be leftover leaves from fall. I use straw as I can find it locally, but you can use just about anything organic to smother weeds.
Following the three tips above for organic gardening at home will help you garden more easily with a lot less work and a lot more fun. Involve the family in the garden project. Many children do not know where their food comes from.