We’ve all heard how organic food is better for us, but it is so expensive. Good news, you can grow your own organic produce in your backyard. Not only is organic gardening better for us when we eat it, it is also better for the earth. By not putting harmful chemical against termites phoenix on our gardens, which wash off and sink into the groundwater, we are insuring a better world for generations to come.
The first place for any garden to start is the soil. Composting is the best way to get really good soil. Mixing in the manure of plant eating animals, rabbits or chickens for example, you get a good quality dirt. Once you decide where to put your garden you can decide what to plant. Plant placement is more important than most people think. My Mother always use to say,” Don’t plant onions next to the potatoes, they’ll cry their eyes out.” Plants that need too much of the same chemicals will fight each other and neither will win. Corn, broccoli, kale, and cabbage should be planted close to beans or peas.
Legumes are great at fixing the nitrogen in the soil, something members of the cabbage family need. Give your plants lots of room around each other to breath. It might be tempting to squeeze in as many plants as possible, but plants need space to breath. You will get more vegetables if your plants are not fighting each other for air, water, and important chemicals. Treat your plants with respect and they will reward you.
Do not expect your organic garden to look like your neighbors garden. There will be a few bug holes on the leaves. Not to worry, many insects are good for our gardens. Ladybugs eat aphids, mealybugs, and mites. Syrphid flies look like bees, but really true insect. The syrphid maggots will eat aphids. The adult flies will also help pollinate your flowers. Ground beetles should be welcome in your garden. Their larvae develop in the soil and will feast on slugs, root maggots, and cutworms. Cutworms are the little monsters that like eating on our tomatoes. The praying mantis will also eat many of the insects we don’t want in our garden. There are many insects that are good for our plants. Remember not all bugs are created equal. Before you start picking them off and killing them take a moment to learn what they are.