Gardening

7 tips to make life easier for you in the organic garden

 

To enjoy the organic garden more and minimize the tasks that we have to carry out in it as much as possible, I propose these 7 practical tips:

1- Know the soil in which you are going to cultivate : know the pH of the soil , its composition, texture, etc. It is essential before we get down to work. Based on the results you obtain, you will be able to decide on the crops that best adapt and thus avoid problems such as diseases, pests , poor harvests, etc. in the future

2- Have fewer varieties of plants but in greater quantities : when we start in organic gardening, having many different types of plants and each one with its characteristics and cares at the beginning can be quite difficult and it is more possible that we abandon if we have more varieties to if we only have 3 or 4 different ones. In this way we will be able to dedicate ourselves more and better and we will be able to know their cycles and how to maintain them. Once we are comfortable with these 3 or 4 plants we can add more varieties.

3- Perennials, a good option : perennials are those that live more than two years and each year bear fruit, such as strawberries or strawberries, raspberries, blackberries , asparagus , artichokes , cauliflower , oregano , thyme , rosemary or sage , and of course, fruit trees .

4- Skip the first phase : preparing seedlings or seedlings yourself is ideal, but it is also true that if we are starting it may be better to choose to acquire the seedlings in an organic nursery or a local seed network , thus we save time and not we are uncertain as to whether or not the seeds will germinate.

5- Organize the irrigation : the irrigation is a very important factor in the organic garden , as well as the method by which we water. Watering can take a long time and effort, it is best to install a drip irrigation system , whether you have the garden in pots or if it is directly on the ground. Irrigation systems can be programmed and know the amount of water you are providing to the plants. This gives you a lot of freedom because this way you forget about this work and you only check that the plants are receiving the water they need.

6- Take advantage of the available space : once you feel more comfortable with maintenance tasks and have consolidated your garden, you can take advantage of cultivation forms such as Hugelkultur , deep or raised terraces , or biointensive orchards through the which we can plant a multitude of plants without having to have large spaces for it. It is an excellent way to expand the horticultural biodiversity of your garden.

7- It nourishes the soil : in agroecology , the emphasis is on providing organic matter and fertilizer to the soil (and not to the plant) to achieve strong and healthy plants.

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