The most important factor in organic gardening is soil fertility. Feeding the soil adequately to feed your plants will increase their resistance, improving their ability to stand on their own without the need for chemicals. Building up the fertility of your soil with Richgro organic
compost or manure will not only improve and give body to poor soil, but will also assist in retaining moisture.
2. Feed with organics
Use organic compost or a rich organic fertiliser suited to your plant type. Those will boost the growth of your plants, fruits and vegetables whilst at the same time providing natural vital nutrients to the soil.
Good natural mulches such as Pinebark or Hard Wood helps save water naturally by keeping soils cool. Mulch is also important in controlling weeds and encouraging earthworm activity close to the soil surface, an important feature of the organic garden.
4. Never use chemicals
Organic gardens are not free of pests, in fact they have plenty. But because no chemicals have
been used, they are full of the good predatory insects, which prey on the destructive plant-eating insects. This keeps a natural balance. Use natural pest control products such as Beat-A-Bug® and control weeds with Richgro Beat-A-Weed®.
5. Rotate your Crops and Companion plant.
For an organic vegetable garden it makes sense to rotate your crops and practice companion planting. This will prevent those pests and diseases which can specifically target vegetable and herb groups and can linger in the soil for many years. Regular rotation will prevent this build up.
In Summary some simple guidelines to follow:
- Add an organic mulch, compost or manure to your garden and vegetable patch to give the garden plenty of nutrients
- Attract helpful insects to help deal with pests
- find chemical free alternatives to fight off pests and diseases
- Keep plants healthy and strong.