Organic gardening is a lifelong learning process. There is always something you can learn from a fellow gardener, a magazine article or a book. I thought I would try to give you one tip that would make a difference in how you garden.
It was a hard decision to make to narrow my choices down to one. There are so many little things that make up organic gardening, or any gardening for that matter. But, I decided to give you the one thing that made my gardening so much easier.
Actually, there are two things, but we will only detail one. The one we will talk about is mulching. The other thing is not a tip, but an understanding. If you are gardening with chemicals you need to understand that the garden problems you are battling now will always be with you.
If you are an organic gardener let me reassure you many of your problems will fall away as you get closer and closer to what Mother Nature desires. As, I have gardened over the years, more and more of the problems I faced when I first started have fell away.
As you get the soil in balance for nutrients your plants need and improve the viability of the soil your soil will reward you with fewer pest and disease problems.
Mulching is an art you will want to acquire. Mulch can be made from a lot of different materials. I use straw most of the time in my garden, because it is easy to get locally. But, you can use compost, dried grass clippings, newspaper, leaves, or you can purchase biodegradable mulch from your garden center.
The type of material used for mulch is not as important as what it will do for you. Mulching will change your battle with weeds. After my garden is planted and mulched I simply pluck out the weeds as I am harvesting or just strolling through the garden. This is a very easy and simple process.
Mulching will take most of the work out of your garden once it is growing. No more hoeing or breaking your back pulling weeds on the weekend. Your mulch will suppress the weeds and retain the moisture around the plant roots.
I even mulch my pathways between the rows, so I can harvest in my garden anytime I want.
There you have the best organic garden tip I can give you. This spring get out there and put mulch around your plants and enjoy your summer.
Steve Wisley has been gardening organically for over a quarter of a century. Gardening is a great way to, not only, grow great tasting, healthy, chemical free food that is good for your family, but gardening is reconnecting with your soul. It is getting your hands in the stuff that life is based upon, and it can heal some of hurt you feel inside.
Steve started this blog to guide others in starting and improving their organic garden to produce healthy, nutritious, great tasting food for their family. Pick up your copy of the booklet “6 Easy Common Sense Tips To Ban Bugs From Your Garden Without Chemicals”.