6. FINAL TIPS AND FURTHER RESOURCES

18 tips for organic gardening

We’ve discussed growing organic produce throughout, but what about gardening? Organic isn’t just about fruit and vegetables, but also creating a beautiful environment with flowers and other plants. As a final swansong, here are 18 great tips you can utilise for your organic gardening.

1. Want to give your organic crops and plants the best possible chance of excellent growth? Then mix organic material into your flowerbeds to bring a wealth of fantastic benefits. This includes conserving water, adding welcome nutrients and discouraging weeds.

2. Do you have a few plants that love acidic soil? Then spread a nice, thick layer of pine needles over your beds in autumn. As these needles decompose, they’ll leave behind their acidic material.

3. If you want to avoid plant disease and insects wrecking havoc, you need to maintain a healthy soil. This will equip your plants with the ability to fight off disease and be resistant to insect damage.

4. Ever have a problem with greenflies? There’s actually a very handy solution for stemming an infestation – by simply spraying your plants with a diluted soapy water mixture, then spraying again with clear water. This can actually help against the heaviest of infestations.

5. Make sure to incorporate compost into your soil, because in a similar vein to organic matter, it holds a number of qualities to aid plant growth. This includes improving the texture, structure and aeration. Compost also promotes healthy root development.

6. Avoid the use of fertilisers and herbicides at all costs, instead finding organic replacements to help your plants grow. Using either a fertiliser of herbicide will be detrimental to your organic aims.

7. Carry out plenty of research when buying your plants, thinking carefully about ideal crops for your soil, the temperature, shadowing and sun exposure.

8. Use the space in your garden wisely and consider landscaping. As well as creating a brilliant area for growing plants in your garden, landscaping will even add value to your home.

9. Don’t disregard trees and consider planting plenty of these alongside your organic crops. They’ll provide welcome shade to your garden in summer, whilst still allowing sunlight through.

10. On a similar note, just ensure to consider the location of any trees you plant in their relation to roofs and other outside buildings. Also, as the tree grows, the roots will spread out and can cause issues to nearby foundations.

11. If you’re having trouble with grass growth in a certain area of your garden, dig this up and put down an appropriate underlay. Then fill with soil and organic matter to create an interesting bed shape.

12. Don’t forget about plant vines, which can bear fruit and vegetables, whilst adding a welcoming aesthetic appeal to fences and trellises.

13. Don’t just think fruit and veg – Herbs can be a brilliant addition to your garden, so you can take what you need for cooking your culinary delights. They also smell great and add a welcoming fragrance to your outdoor space.

14. If you choose plants that grow well in a shaded environment, it’s a great choice as they’ll require less watering and there’ll also be fewer weeds to eradicate.

15. Flowers should also form a fundamental part of your garden space. They look great and ensure providing a mix or colour. Don’t make the mistake of getting too many though, otherwise you’ll spend your life caring for and maintaining.

16. Many novice gardeners believe you need a deep soil to grow healthy plants, but this actually isn’t the case. In fact, 85% of plants have their roots in the top 6” of soil.

17. When considering organic material to add to your soil, it’s recommended to opt for matter that was once living – leaves, grass clippings and even kitchen waste.

18. If you’ll be planting anything straight from a pot, remove carefully and tear away roots that have grown against the container.

Useful links & further information

If you’ve read through this guide and want to find out more information on any of the topics discussed, you’re in luck. You can find a tonne of useful links below to further your knowledge and make organic gardening even easier.

20 best organic foods: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/20-best-organic-foods

6 health benefits of easting organic food: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/6-health-benefits-of-eating-organic-food/

Beginners guide to organic gardening: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/beginners-guide-organic-gardening

Benefits of organic: https://www.planetnatural.com/organic-gardening-guru/benefits-of-organic/

It’s only natural: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/grow-a-healthier-family/benefits-of-eating-organic/

Organic gardening benefits: http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/benefits-of-organic-gardening.html

Organic gardening tips: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/advice/g2104/organic-gardening-tips-460309/

Tips & tricks for organic gardening: https://www.planetnatural.com/organic-gardening-guru/tips/

Soil preparation for organic gardening: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/beginners-guide/vegetable-basics/soil-preparation

What does organic mean? http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/organic

What is organic? https://www.soilassociation.org/organic-living/why-organic/

What you need to know about eating organic: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm

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