Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts

Sunday 11 December 2022

Heal Yourself: Get Back to Nature

Even the most anti-outdoorsy type has to admit that they feel calmer when they smell the fresh air and see the sunlight filtering in through the leaves. It fills us with a sense of comfort and relaxation.


Not only does it make us feel good, but it also heals us from the inside out. It shows in how we think more clearly and how our moods are restored when we’re around nature.

Keep reading to learn more about how to heal yourself through nature.


Why Do We Feel Good When We’re in Nature?


Getting back to nature acts as a reminder that we’re all part of the natural world. We’re all connected somehow, which is why you feel at peace when you’re in a quiet forest or a meadow.


Think of when you walk barefoot on the beach or a patch of green grass. You know that pleasant feeling you get? It feels like you’re home, comfortable, relaxed, and at ease.


The best part is all the stress and tension you’ve been holding onto melts away somehow. It’s like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders, and you feel freer and lighter.


How Can We Reconnect with Nature?


Finding opportunities to reconnect with nature and take advantage of its healing benefits can be a challenge in our hectic lifestyles. Yet, you don’t have to go camping in the middle of nowhere to enjoy nature. Instead, there are ways you can do just that right in the comfort of your own home.


Take a look.




Don’t lose hope if you’re not into hiking or camping outdoors. You can still be close to nature but in a different way.


For example, you can plant a vegetable garden in your yard. Tending to plants allows you to spend a good deal of time with nature and connect with the earth.


You get to breathe in the fresh smell of the soil and the plants themselves. But, of course, that’s even more enjoyable if you’re planting fragrant plants, such as jasmines, roses, or lilies.


You also get to connect to nature in a hands-on, visceral way that, for some people, can become very personal. In fact, many gardeners say that when they’re tending their gardens, they feel a deeper bond with nature they hadn’t felt before.


Many also feel that gardening makes them feel that they’re part of something bigger than themselves. This special connection allows them to bridge the gap between our hectic, modern world and the natural world.


Mindfulness Meditation


Being outdoors is such a wonderful opportunity to slow down and breathe. Look around and see all the colors around you. Take in how the light plays through the leaves or reflects off a big, shiny rock.


Next, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Inhale as much fresh, clean air as you can to cleanse out your lungs from the smog and fumes, we’re so used to taking in.


Then, stop and listen. Really listen to the birds and crickets chirping, as well as any other creatures, big or small.


Also, if there’s a brook or stream nearby, pay close attention to the sound of the water. Studies show that the sound of running water is calming and can even have an anti-depressant effect.


Yet, the best thing to listen out for in nature is nothing. That calm quietude has become so rare that we sometimes don’t know just how much we miss.


Forest Bathing


Forest bathing,’ or ‘shinrin-yoku’ in Japanese, is the art of moving slowly and mindfully through a forest. The aim of this Asian practice is for you to engage all your five senses along the way.


So, with each step, you take in all the sights, sounds, and smells of your surroundings. This experience is similar to mindful meditation, which we mentioned above.


Yet, it goes beyond stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system or reducing your stress levels. Forest bathing also helps increase anti-inflammatory properties in your body and boost your immune system, all thanks to the terpenes you inhale as you’re walking through the forest.




More and more, people are starting to realize that the best way to heal themselves is by getting back to nature. It’s true that the more time we take to relax and unwind in nature, the better off we’ll be.


Monday 28 March 2022

Growing Veggies

I can hear you thinking that you have no clue about growing veggies. The truth is that you will be able to easily learn enough to be growing useful crops really quickly, and every session spent in your garden teaches you even more. You'll learn much that's unique to your own spot, like local soil conditions, your specific aspect in relation to the sun, and oddities that relate to your local microclimate. You'll learn most of this by getting out and giving it a go.


The taste of home-grown veggies is immensely superior to that of the commercially grown produce. Have you heard individuals complain that tomatoes no longer have any taste? They'll have when you grow your own - you'll never taste better. The lack of taste with the commercial crop isn't all the fault of the growers, as they're under pressure to produce a crop, of unvarying size and color, to the schedule of the wholesale market, and finally the supermarket. You set your own schedule.


The freshness of your own crop is a huge plus. Veggies I've bought from the supermarket, and stored in the refrigerator, have started to become inedible after a couple of days. I've had home grown produce still fresh in the refrigerator after two weeks! 


Commonly, your home garden will produce a generous yield, and may readily help pay for the cost of growing them. You are able to effectively end up having free veggies. Summertime, particularly, is usually a time of abundance, even glut, as loved ones and friends leave your place with possibly more produce than they had expected to see. A tip - when giving away fresh produce, try to limit your generosity - it's better to give a little amount to many rather than to give to the few more than they may really use.


Among the turn-offs to trying something you have not done before is the intimidating flood of information (and misinformation) you'll receive.

If you're browsing one of the major bookshops, you might find 100s of books on the topic - which do you purchase? To begin with, seek the simple, basic info. Don't bother with those full of jargon - you'll learn the technical terms as you go.


You’ll hear folklore from the family, like “Uncle Henry forever put ... (you name it) ... on his ... (name it again)”. Folklore is part of our heritage, but there's no guarantee of its usefulness. You'll hear from the office genius, who has done nothing, but still knows all the answers - nod wisely, and then ignore him.

Plants evolved millions of years before mankind, and they actually wish to grow. It has been said that in a lot of cases plants grow despite what we do to help them. If you supply the basics, and these are reasonable nutrition and regular watering, Mother Nature does the rest - let her work for you.


Sunday 27 March 2022

Save Cash and Get Healthy with Veggie Gardens

Rather than assembling a swimming pool or a Zen Garden in your backyard, why not plant veggies as an alternative? Planting veggie gardens is a good way to spend calm time de-stressing while connecting with nature. Having a steady provision of veggies will likewise lessen food expenses and better the health of your family.


It’s not simple to brush aside the lofty prices of food items these days, including veggies. Although your backyard might be little and your veggie garden might not supply all that you need, it will have a striking effect in cutting your food bill. Envisage not having to run to the market to purchase some of the elements for your cooking. A few of the basic veggies that you require are already right there in your backyard. Depending upon the sort of veggies you plant and your techniques of maintaining them, the economic Advantages you get from your veggie garden might be felt all year-around.


You might likewise think that your youngsters will likely not eat much when you serve them veggies. It's obvious that youngsters would choose to consume burgers, hotdogs and the like. But there are many cookbooks available in bookshops that may show you an assortment of veggie meals to fix that are appetizing even for the youngsters. When what you serve up on the table doesn't look and taste ho-hum, your youngsters will certainly like it.


With an assortment of veggies ready to choose right in your backyard, you'll find it more satisfying to cook and serve veggie dishes to your loved ones. This means that everyone will get to savor the many health Advantages of consuming fresh produce, since veggies are jammed with gobs of nutrients. Apart from the fact that they're low in fats and calories, and bear no cholesterol, you'll likewise get a constant source of vitamins.


Save cash and help your youngsters stay healthy through planting veggie gardens. Plus, you get that sense of pridefulness each time your loved ones enjoy the meal on the table, whose veggie ingredients you grew yourself in your backyard.


Benefits of Planting Veggie Patches

Is there a plot of land in your backyard that’s been left un-used all this time? If you’re still on the fence what to make out of it, perhaps it’s high time you think about planting veggies in it. Read on to learn a few of the benefits of planting veggie gardens.


A lot of individuals attest that veggies grown in their own backyard taste much better than those purchased at markets. They note how flavorful their crops are, whether utilized as ingredients in a fresh vegetable salad or prepared dishes. Be it as of the extra amount of love and care these home-grown veggies got or the individual pride in growing produce in his or her backyard, it doesn’t truly matter. What matters is what you dish up on the table is fresh right from your veggie garden and yummier for each member of the family to savor. You're likewise guaranteed that what you serve is free from adverse chemicals like preservatives.


Chances are you may not fully know whether the veggies you purchase at the supermarket are free of pesticides. A few vendors say that their veggies are free from adverse chemicals. What about if the ground where those crops grew in was exposed to pesticides before or they were set next to crops sprayed with pesticides? Extended dietary exposure to pesticides is associated to various harmful reproductive and developmental effects, although there is little data to confirm this. Your youngsters are at higher risk to the perils of such chemicals on the veggies they consume. Their bodies are not yet amply developed to correctly metabolize or pass such substances.


If you have little or no time to go to the gymnasium or health club to exercise, then let gardening furnish your daily dose of training. Tending your vegetable patch for at least half-hour a day is a good way to burn those extra calories and slim down. You're able to work many major muscle groups in the body, like the legs, arms, back, buttocks and a lot of others. Gardening likewise betters your flexibility every time you stretch to reach for weeds or stoop to imbed a seedling. Unlike running, playing basketball and others, gardening has lower impact on your joints. Gardening is best where vigorous workouts aren't applicable, like for individuals with hypertension, heart diseases, bone joint troubles and many others.


If commercially produced veggies receive little demand from consumers, then commercial farmers will have no reason to enlarge their plantations. So there’s no need to cut back rainforests and ravage habitats of wild creatures. Likewise, if need is brought down farmers will utilize less pesticide and other adverse chemicals that contaminate our rivers and the rest of the surroundings. You may feel that you as an interested citizen can't add that much positive impact on the environment by planting vegetable patches. But envisage the difference made if many individuals began to plant their veggies in their own backyard.


Sunday 16 January 2022

Backyard Birds

You don't have to travel far to relish the delights and happiness of bird watching. Our own backyards may serve as the amusing place where new birders may begin learning the fundamentals. 


To build the most beneficial birding area in your backyard, you are able to make use of bird feeders. Make certain you research how far-off from one another the feeders ought to be. What to feed them is a different thing that you ought to know something about. 


Just like the feeders, the food that you choose ought to depend on what sort of birds you're hoping to pull in and where you reside. A few of the basic types of bird feed are sunflower seeds, cracked corn, and thistle. Frequently found in a mix, pour this sort of seed into a hopper type self-feeder to meet the needs of a lot of different species at one backyard bird watching place. 


Since you've built some feeders, which are a good way of pulling in the birds, you should see to it that you have a complete view for backyard bird watching. Take out low hanging branches that might block your view. Accomplish this when there are no birds around feeding on the self-feeders as a sudden alteration in surroundings might disrupt their behaviors.


Now that you're ready to start watching, you'll discover that you require some sort of magnifying device to watch the birds better. A common pair of field glasses to watch is commonly sufficient for novices, though you might find it more beneficial to mount a spotting scope near a picture window in your house. These visual devices will greatly step-up your ability to distinguish birds by their distinct marks and demeanors.


The spacing between trees and bushes is a crucial factor when taking into consideration our bird friends. It's crucial to think about providing open spaces that ought to be well protected from wind and street disturbance, since these disturbances don't appeal to birds.


Increasing the number of plants in your backyard guarantees more birds will be show up. You are able to even try to produce a layered garden to supply richness and diversity in your garden. You are able to add layers by planting bunches of shade loving small trees, shrubs and ground cover below taller trees. 


A great thing about birding or maintaining a birding atmosphere in your backyard is that your garden tends to be an organic garden. The birds help in curbing the garden pests and diseases without an arsenal of chemicals. 


A functional knowledge of organic gardening is crucial to someone intent on attracting birds. Utilizing plants native to your area cuts back the need for pesticide use as native plants are resistive to local pests and disease. 


There's nothing better than viewing colorful birds fly around a natural garden. This makes sure that birds will be coming back as well. Birding is an interest many individuals can enjoy and do without leaving your home or the city. 

Garden Friends

If we could garden without any disturbance from the Enemies which attack plants, then indeed horticulture might be an easy matter. But day in and day out we must look out for these little enemies... Small in size, but enormous in the mayhem they cause.


As human sickness might frequently be precluded by sanitary conditions, so pests might be kept away by rigorous garden cleanliness. Batches of waste are housing for the multiplying of insects. I don't think a compost heap is included but unkempt, uncared-for places appear to invite hassles. 


There are particular aids to holding back pests. The ceaseless agitating of the dirt by earthworms is a help in keeping the soil open to air and water. A lot of our common birds feed on insects. The sparrows, robin redbreast, chickadees, larks and American oriole are all illustrations of birds that help in that way. A few insects feed upon other and adverse insects. Some forms of ladybugs do this as well. The ichneumon-fly helps also. And frogs are marvels in the number of bugs they can eat at one meal. The toad merits very kind handling from all of us. 


Every gardener ought to attempt to make her or his garden into a place magnetic to birds and frogs. A great birdhouse, grain scattered about in early springtime, a place for water, are invitations for birds to remain a while in your garden. If you want frogs, ready things up for them as well. On a red-hot summer day, a frog likes to take a breather in the shade. By night time, he's ready to go forth to eat up some bugs, since toads favor live food. How may one "arrange things" for frogs? Well, one thing to do is to ready a retreat, placid, dark and wet. A couple of larger sized stones underneath the shade of a bush with possibly a layer of wet leaves would look really perfect to a frog.

Defending Plants

The devices and tools utilized for battling plant foes are of 2 sorts:


(1) Those utilized to yield mechanical protection to the plants; 

(2) Those utilized to utilize insecticides and antifungal agents.


Of the first the most valuable is the covered frame. It consists commonly of a wooden box, a few 18 inches to 24 inches square and about 8 high, covered with glass, protecting fabric, mosquito webbing or mosquito wire. The first 2 coverings have, naturally, the extra advantage of holding heat and protecting from low temperature, making it conceivable by their use to plant earlier than is otherwise safe. They're used extensively in attaining an extra early and safe beginning with cucumbers, melons and the additional vine vegetables. 


Simpler devices for protecting newly-set plants, like tomatoes or cabbage, from cut-worms, are stiff, tin, cardboard or roofing paper collars, which are made numerous inches high and big enough to be place around the stem and infiltrate an inch or so into the dirt. 


For utilizing poison powders, the home gardener ought to supply himself with a powder gun. If one must be limited to a single tool, it will be better to get one of the hand-power, compressed-air sprayers. These are utilized for using wet sprays, and should be furnished with one of the many forms of mist-making nozzles, the non-cloggable automatic type being the most beneficial. For more extended work a barrel pump, put on wheels, will be suitable. Extension rods for utilization in spraying trees and vines might be obtained for either. For processes on a very little scale a good hand-syringe might be utilized, but as a general thing it will be most beneficial to invest a couple of dollars more and get a small tank sprayer, as this casts a continuous stream or spray and holds a much greater amount of the spray solution. Whatever sort is procured, get a brass machine it will outlast 3 or 4 of those made of cheesier metal, which gives in very rapidly to the, corroding action of the strong poisons and chemicals utilized in them. 

As a concluding word to the intending buyer of garden tools, I'd say: 1st exhaustively investigate the different types available, and when purchasing, don't forget that a great tool or a well-made machine will be giving you satisfactory use long, long after the cost is blanked out, while a poor one is a ceaseless source of irritation.

About Growing Veggies

Growing veggies can be fun, save you some money and be healthier for you. Here are some tips on growing a few veggies.


Beans love fertile, warm, sandy dirt. Make sure to dig deep, and work the ground thoroughly for beans. Don't plant beans before the Earth has warmed from winter chills. A bit of lime worked in with the dirt is helpful in the cultivation of beans. Bush beans are set in bores about 18 inches apart, while the pole-bean rows ought to be 3 feet apart. The bores for the bush limas ought to be farther apart than those for the other dwarf beans. While planting beans position the bean in the soil edgeways with the eye downward. 


Beets love fertile, sandy loam. Fresh manure worked into the dirt is calamitous for beets, like it is for a lot of other crops. But the following may be done; dig out a trench approximately a foot deep, disperse a thin layer of manure in this, cover up with soil, and plant higher up than this. By the time the primary root reaches the manure layer, there will be no harm done. Beets shouldn't be transplanted. 


Brussels sprouts are a really popular member of the cabbage family. Because of their size a lot of individuals who don't like to serve basic old cabbage will dish up these. Brussels sprouts are intriguing in their growth. The plant stem runs upward. At the top, like an umbrella, is a closed head of leaves, but this isn't what we consume. Shaded by the umbrella and bundled all along the stem are delightful little cabbages or sprouts. 

Like the remainder of the family a fertile soil is required and lots of water during the maturation period. The seed ought to be planted in May, and the little plants transplanted into fertile dirt in late July. The rows should be 18 inches apart, and the plants one foot apart in the rows. 


Carrots are of 2 kinds: those with longer roots, and those with shorter roots. If long-rooted kinds are selected, then the dirt must be worked down to a depth of 18 inches. The shorter ones will do well in 8 inches of well-worked sandy dirt. Don't put carrot seed into newly manured soil. As the small seedlings ascend, you’ll discover that they're much too close together. Thin a trifle at a time, so that new, tiny carrots might be utilized. 


If you intend to grow cucumbers abide by these instructions: Sow the seed indoors, cover with one inch of fertile soil. In a little space of 6 inches diameter, plant 6 seeds. Place a bean seed with the sprouting end in the soil. Once all frost is done, each set of 6 little plants, soil and all, ought to be planted in the open. The hills ought to be about 4 feet apart on all sides.

Wild Flower Frenzy

A lot of individuals say they've no luck at all with such a garden. It isn't a question of luck, but a question of discernment, for wild flowers are like individuals and each has its personality. What plant life has been accustomed to in Nature it wants all of the time. In point of fact, when withdrawn from its own kind of living conditions, it sickens and fails. That's enough to tell us that we should copy Nature herself. Imagine you're tracking down wild flowers. As you Pick certain flowers, observe the soil they're in, the place, conditions, the environment, and the neighbors. 


Imagine you discover dog's-tooth violets and anemones growing near together. Then put them so in your own garden. You get the point, right? If you want wild flowers to grow in your garden, make them feel at home. Trick them into believing that they're still in their native environment.


Wild flowers should to be transplanted when blooming time is over. Carry a trowel and a basket into the forest with you. As you scoop up a couple of columbines, or a liverleaf, make sure along with the roots you get some of the plant's own soil, which must be used when replanted. 


The bed these plants are to go into had better be prepared cautiously before getting the plants. Don’t bring the plants back to hold off over a day or night before setting them in the ground. They should be planted at once. The flower bed needs soil from the forest, deep and rich and replete of leaf mold. The sub-drainage system should be first-class. Some individuals believe that all forest plants ought to have soil drenched with water. But the forest themselves are not soggy. It might be that you'll need to dig your garden up really deeply and position some stone in the bottom then top soil and on top put the rich dirt you took from the forest.


Prior to planting, water the dirt well. Then as you create holes for the plants put some of the forest soil in each. 


Flower types and when they're available:


It's quite nice plan to have a wild flower garden that provides a sequence of blooms from early springtime to late autumn; so let us kickoff with March, liverleaf, Claytonia lanceolata and saxifrage. Then arrives April turning out in its arms the beautiful aquilege, the tiny bluets and Geranium maculatum. For May there are the dog's-tooth violet and the Anemone nemorosa, Solomon's seal, Arisaema atrorubens, wake robin, bloodroot and violets. June will impart the campanula, flannel leaf, bee balm and foxglove. I'd pick the gay butterfly weed for July. Let turtle head, aster, purple boneset, and Daucus carota make the rest of the season brilliant till frost.

Friday 31 December 2021

Anti-Recession Hints

Recession, for the uninitiated, is the descent of the economy. It's a widespread decay in the GDP, employment, and trade, which lasts from six months to one year. Among its usual effects is running out of funds because of the high prices and the increase in unemployment rate. So, if you're running a home, how do you make certain the effect of recession won't be too much to bear for your loved ones? Here are some anti-recession hints that you may find useful during these difficult times:


If you've been relying on the supermarkets for your daily meals, it’s high time to think about growing your own food. What may be better than capitalizing on your green thumb to prevent having to purchase fruits and veggies? If you're renting, growing veggies and herbs in pots, a.k.a. container gardening, may be useful. Mint, sage, rosemary, basil and thyme are good herbs for container gardening. If you don't have enough time, opt for low maintenance veggies. Examples of low maintenance veggies include garlic, onions, turnips, cabbage, leeks and kale. 


If you have the time, learning how to bake may be one good way to spend your spare time. Apart from saving money, it may likewise be one fun way to relieve your tension. Fast food restaurants may be very enticing but if you've the skills (or not, since you are able to learn to cook), then why not fix your own food from your own grown fruits and veggies and home-baked bread. If you believe your skills are too limited, the online provides gazillions of easy recipes that even youngsters can make. 


With the correct shopping attitude, you are able to cut down unneeded cost. You are able to prevent yourself from giving into impulse purchasing. You are able to do this by producing a list of items to buy before going to the supermarket. One tip is to not go to the grocery to shop when you're hungry. Yes, hunger induces you to purchase items you don't need. Purchasing all the items you need in one go may help avoid utilizing gas for unneeded trips and likewise get rids of enticement. Likewise, before you unloading your cart, check again which items you are able to do without. You'll be surprised that there are just so many of the items that you picked up that you don't truly need.


You like pop? You like steak? But do you wish to survive the recession? Then, cut on pop, meat and other inessentials. You don't have to stop drinking pop or eating meat. But if you'll only compute how much you are able to save without consuming any of these as frequently as you used to, you'll see that it’s enough to tide you over.

Friday 19 November 2021

7 Reasons to Grow Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden

During the last decades there has been a change towards mechanization and homogenization of farming, which uses pesticides, additives, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and mass-production techniques. All this is clearly affecting mankind's health, and new diseases are spreading rapidly amongst humans and animals (bird's flu being the most recent one). 


The World Health Organization produces reports to show how the use of chemicals and other products on food, coupled with the manufacturing processes involved, are actually a threat for our health. 


If you have space for a few pots or even a small piece of land, it is a wise decision to grow your own organic vegetable garden. Today I'm presenting you with seven reasons for doing this:


1. You will have no additives in your vegetables. Research by organic food associations has shown that additives in our food can cause heart diseases, osteoporosis, migraines and hyperactivity. 


2. There will be no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers used. These chemical products are applied to obtain crops all the time regardless plagues or weather conditions, and affect the quality of the vegetables. Besides, pesticides are usually poisonous to humans.


3. Your vegetables will not be genetically modified (GM). Antibiotics, drugs and hormones are used on vegetables to grow more and larger ones. One of the consequences of this practice are vegetables which look all the same and are usually tasteless. Besides, we end up consuming the hormones that have been used on the vegetables, with the potential risks for our health.


4. Eating your own organic vegetables will be much more healthy for you. They will not contain any of the products or chemicals named above, and they will be much more natural than any ones you would find at the supermarket. Your health will not be at risk because you will then know that nothing has been added to your vegetables.


5. Your own organic vegetables will be much more tasty. The use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics make vegetables grow unnaturally and take the taste away from them. With organic vegetables, your cooking will be enhanced as their flavour will show fully.


6. Organic farming is friendly to the environment. Because you won't use pesticides or other equally harming products on your vegetables, you will not damage the soil or the air with the chemical components.


7. When you grow your own organic vegetables you are contributing to your own self-sustainability and the sustainability of the planet. Small communities have been founded where members exchange products that they grow naturally, thus contributing to create a friendly and better place for us all.

In the end, eating organic products only means that we do not add anything else to them than they would naturally have. As you can guess, additives, fertilizers, pesticides or hormones are not components of naturally grown food. To better care for your health, grown your own organic vegetables - and a few pots is all you need. 


Sunday 24 October 2021

Organic Gardening and Easy Ways To Get Started Today

Growing your own herbs, vegetables, greens and fruit can be both incredibly rewarding and delicious. However, many gardeners rely on pesticides, herbicides and fungicides not to mention chemical fertilizers to help their garden grow. That’s not only unnecessary, it’s also unhealthy. All those nutritious veggies pack a much healthier punch if they’re sans harmful chemicals.


Step 1: Prepare your soil. Because your soil is the foundation of your garden, it is important to make sure it’s full of the right nutrients to feed your garden. Mix in organic material like compost or humus and consider having your soil tested. The proper soil conditions can make the difference between a sparse crop and award winning vegetables. 


Step 2: Choose your crop. The second step to build an organic garden is to choose your crop. What are you going to grow in your garden?  Initially, in addition to what you’re going to grow, you’ll want to decide if you want to purchase plants or start your garden from seeds. If you start early enough you can use seeds. If not, you can purchase organic plants from your local nursery.


Regardless of what you choose, seeds or plants, make sure they’re grown without chemicals.


Step 3: Organize your garden. Did you know some plants naturally protect other plants from disease and pests? It’s true. Marigolds for example, drive bugs away and if you plant them around the perimeter of your garden, they’ll help protect your herbs, greens and veggies. 


Before transferring your plants into your garden, mark where you’re going to plant them. Make sure there is plenty of room between plants so they have room to grow and thrive. A tiny tomato plant can grow several feet high and several feet wide. Leave room.


Step 4: Natural pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. It’s been said that home gardeners generally use more chemicals on their gardens than farmers do. That’s a lot of chemicals!  Interestingly enough, mild detergent and water protect many plants from harmful pests. Hot pepper sprays also work to fend off pests. And natural predators like frogs and ladybugs can keep your garden healthy and full.


Step 5: Maintenance. Watering and weeding are all you have in store for you until it’s time to harvest. Take care to not over water. Soil should be moist but not soaking. Weed on a regular basis to make sure your plants have all the nutrients and room in the soil they need to grow.


Organic gardening isn’t difficult when you start with a healthy foundation. Before you dive in and start a garden large enough to feed an army, choose a few plants you know your family will eat. Grow those successfully and next year you can grow a bigger garden.