There are many ways to care for your organic garden. There are also many things that go into taking care of a garden too. Seasonal care is maintaining your organic garden and taking all the proper steps to ensure it will survive though the seasons. Some things that need to be taken care of in your organic garden are weeding, watering, and many more things. There are even things that can be done to take care of your garden when the weather turns cold. Something that people might think is just for commercial farms is crop rotation. It is actually beneficial for small backyard gardens too. The reason crop rotation works great for small organic gardens is because it grows specific vegetables in different areas of your garden each year and by doing this it manages the soil fertility better. It also helps reduce the insect problems that can occur. If you are having issues with pest control it can be a good idea to look for a professional to start things off. It is even a good idea to make sure your vegetables are not planted in the same spot at least for three years to protect the soil. It is also a good idea to keep vegetables that are in the same family close together and the reason is related crops can help keep pests and diseases away. Weed control is also a huge maintenance issue. The bigger the weed gets the harder it is to control. Especially in an organic garden you do not want to use a lot of products to kill the weeds so you have to be proactive. Weeds can destroy your garden because they compete with your garden for water, nutrients, sunlight, and even space to grow. Weeds also attract insects, which can be very damaging to your garden. Below are some ways to take care of unwanted weed problems:
When weeds are small they are pretty easy to pull up, when the soil is moist. You can even use a small weeding tool and it will be a good idea to pull the weeds out before they seed.
Using soaker hoses can help prevent weeds from growing because it keeps the soil too dry for weeds to grow.
Mulch is an easy way to prevent weeds from developing. Weeds need sunlight and the mulch can actually block the sunlight. You can even use straw or grass clippings to deprive the weeds of the nutrients they need to grow. There is even organic mulch that is available, which will not only prevent the weeds, but it can add a benefit to the soils organisms to feed on.
You can use a household object, such as newspaper to place down around the plants and that will also help block the weeds. This works great for warm weather gardens and can be anchored with garden pins to keep the papers down.
Corn Gluten Meal:
This is a great option for an organic garden and can inhibit the growth of dandelions , crabgrass, and many other unwanted weeds. It is important to know that you cannot apply the corn gluten meal until the garden seeds have germinated.
These natural herbicides contain clove oil, potassium salts, and other natural ingredients. These herbicides will degrade rapidly into the environment, but will not move through the soil to injure nearby plants.