How to do your organic garden by using natural methods, from worm composting to controlling unwanted pests. In the process, it saves water, creates healthier plants and less work is involved.
Organic gardening uses natural and organic methods as well as organic matter that are much healthier for plants, soil and the garden than any chemical products or methods. It nourishes plants and their soil by using such matter that has been recycled into all-natural fertilizer. Such natural methods include vermicompost, mulch, crop covers, compost, manures and minerals.
Vermicompost means worm composting, and it can be created easily indoors. All you need is three plastic bins, and each must be the same size as well as a minimum size of ten gallons. The more compost that you want to create, the bigger the bin that you should get. Drill holes in the bottom of two of these bins, making sure that the size of each hole you drill is a little bigger than the diameter of a pencil. Put one of the drilled bins inside the other bin that doesn’t have holes. Then, place some liquid tea compost in the bin that has holes. Let this liquid tea compost drain into the bottom bin. Make a moist bedding matter for the worms from either organic coffee grounds or coco peat. Then, put worms on this bedding matter. Add the vegetable and fruit scraps from your kitchen into this worm bin. Just make sure not to put any meat, citrus or cooked food in this worm bin. When the worms finish eating, put the second drilled bin on top of the worm compost. This second bin should have new and moist bedding matter as well as organic matter inside it. Give the worms time to climb through the holes and eat all the organic matter. Then, remove the middle bin because the compost is ready to use on your plants and/or garden.
You should not only have a healthy garden and plants, but also natural ways to get rid of unwanted pests. Study the pests and the reasons why they are attracted to your plants and garden. Know their pest lifecycles, and what time of year they are most likely to invade your plants. Be prepared for them ahead of time by luring insects and animals that feed on these pests or, at least, help you get rid and keep them away. Since pests go after the dying plants, keep your plants healthy and disease-free at all times by constantly inspecting them. Make sure the plants that you choose to grow are not prone to getting any diseases as well as grow well in your locale and climate. Add some companion crops because they seem to keep pests away. If pest problems get bad during a certain time of the year, consider getting row covers to place over your crops. Once in a while, rotate your crops by placing them in different areas. This method can interrupt pest reproduction cycles. Place some insect traps at certain locations of your garden or backyard.
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