Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Organic Gardening Not Just For Food Crops
Organic Flower Gardening (tips for converting and maintaining)
1. Healthy Soil:
Healthy Soil Part 1, Healthy Soil Part 2, Healthy Soil Part 3,Healthy Soil Part 4
To make wise plant choices you will need to:
• Determine What Grow Zone You Live In:
US Hardiness Zone Map
• Determine Your Soil Type: (sand, silt or clay)
• Determine the lighting requirements for the plant compared to the actual lighting available. (Full sun, part sun, part shade, full shade)
• Determine the watering requirements for the plant compared with what you can provide.
• Determine the overall care required for a particular plant and compare that against your level of expertise and amount of time you have to devote to your gardens.
3. Treat Pests and Diseases with Natural Remedies:
Once you get the hang of organic gardening you will find that Mother Nature will establish its own checks and balances in your garden, (as long as you do not disrupt the natural process through the use of harmful chemicals). When Mother Nature does require a little assistance there are many natural remedies available that will not harm the environment nor disrupt the eco-balance in your garden.
Adds organic matter to the soil and helps to feed the soil micro-organisms that in turn feed your plants. Mulching also helps to reduce watering requirements, soil compaction and keeps the soil at a cooler temperature.