Green Gardens- Preparing an Organic Fruit Garden
One of the trends in green gardens that has been gaining momentum over the past few years is the use the trend away from chemical fertilizers and towards the use of organics. For some people this means no longer using inorganic pesticides. For others it means no longer using inorganic fertilizers. And, for others still, it means both. The following paragraphs contain information that will help you decide whether or not going organic is for you and some steps you can take in your quest to go organic.
One of the biggest benefits of going organic is that you will no longer be using toxic pesticides. For a family with pets or especially children, this can be extremely important, as you will no longer have to worry that children or pets will ingest these poisons by eating fruit or vegetables off the vine, bush or plant. Another benefit occurs during food preparation. If you use inorganic or toxic pesticides and fertilizers, you will have to very carefully wash your fruits and vegetables before preparation and eating. Cumulatively, this will also mean a savings in water consumption. There are many people who think that fruits and vegetables that are organically grown taste better than those that aren’t.
Potting soil is a type of soil that is used when starting or transplanting from one pot to another or from a starter pot to the garden. Potting soil is used because it is enriched with nutrients by adding decomposed organic material. Potting soil is also more permeable. This means that the plant is able to draw more nutrients from the water and air than if it were just in regular soil. Lastly, due to the fact that it is composed of decomposed organic material, potting soil retains water better. This means you will spend less on your water bill for keeping your plants well watered.
Compost is a type of potting soil plus fertilizer that you make at home using organic waste material. Items such as food scraps, egg shells, fruit and vegetable skins and coffee grounds are good examples of material that make up. Plant trimmings and clippings are also great for use in a compost pile. Some people even use organic household waste such as papers and fireplace ash. Composting is done by erecting a bin and fencing it with chicken wire. This bin is then filled with your organic waste. Once the organic material is added, nature does most of the rest of the work by decomposing the organic material.
Use Organic Fertilizers
Your local home improvement store will stock a variety of organic fertilizers from few popular manufacturers. These fertilizers are engineered to provide the same mix of nutrients for your plants, while not containing inorganic or toxic chemicals while still working just as well as inorganic methods.
Inorganic pesticides pose many problems. Toxins are able to leech into groundwater, putting the health of people at risk. Children and pets can ingest these same toxins by eating fruits and vegetables before cleaning them. This can be avoided by using natural or alternative pesticides. Insect pests don’t need to be killed they just need to be kept away from fruits and vegetables. Citronella is one type of natural insect repellent and there are many others.
Organic green gardens present unique challenges to the gardener. The preceding paragraphs contain information regarding some ways to make your garden organic and reasons why you would want to.