6 Ways To Go Organic In Your Home Garden

DSC_0086Many people are interested in organic gardening but don’t know where to begin.  Here are six techniques to incorporate into your garden today, whether it’s in your yard or in containers on your deck.  After all, what better way to add flavor to your summer dishes than with organic vegetables from your own garden?

Mix Compost With Your Regular Garden Soil

Don’t worry if you don’t have a compost bin in your backyard; many cities offer free compost through their composting or waste programs.

Plant Vegetables In A Different Spot

Choose a different spot to plant vegetables in your garden each year to prevent pests.

Use Natural Mulch

For example, straw, grass clippings, wood chips or saw dust are excellent forms of natural mulch.  They increase nutrients in the soil, prevent weeds, maintain moisture levels and attract beneficial earthworms.

Look For Plants That Are Hardy

Plants that are hardy and disease resistant require less care and cultivating.  Or practice companion planting to help control pests and diseases.

Water Early In The Morning

Watering early in the morning saves water and also prevents pests and diseases from flourishing.

Fertilize With Organic Materials

Add these to your compost or dilute and apply them to your plants:  coffee grounds, shells from shrimp, crab or lobster or comfrey tea.

We have had enough rain in Naples this summer that the plants are growing extremely quickly and everything is very green.  Use these tips to keep your garden healthy during the long winter months when we don’t get rain to help the plants.

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Remember, it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine.

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