There is a saying, you are what you eat. This definitely holds true, but how many of us take the time to think about what we are consuming in our bodies. Even when we try to eat right by eating fresh fruits and vegetables, there can be a problem especially if we buy these at the grocery store. Mainly because unless we buy what we know is organic which will cost more money the produce will have residue that comes from the chemicals and pesticides used while growing it. There is an alternative to this, and that is planting your own organic vegetable and herb garden. This may sound like a whole lot of work, but it can actually be fun and turn into a relaxing hobby on the side, the trick is just getting started.
The first thing to do is the decide how big your vegetable and herb garden will be. Maybe it will just be a simple window box, or maybe a section of the backyard, or larger. Always make sure to choose a place that gets plenty of direct sunlight. The next thing to do is acquire the right equipment, that would include garden clippers, protective gloves, a trowel set, and a soil testing kit. a watering can and a compost bin. Next thing to do is decide which vegetables or herbs choosing ones that will thrive in your particular environment. The properly condition soil such as purchasing planting soil or conditioning the soil in your yard to make it right for planting.
Creating Organic Fertilizer
It is quite easy to come up with a Natural Plant Fertilizer. All this requires is using things that we would normally throw away that can easily be placed in a compost bin. Things such as banana peels, and egg shells. Creating natural compost is a perfect way to give your garden the natural food that the plants will need to grow. If desired you can also purchase an organic type plant food as well, a good way to start, but keep in mind these can be a bit on the pricy side.
Here is the tricky part, and that is keeping the plant’s pest free. After all, there are some insects that prey on plants and this is why some crops are sprayed with chemicals. But there is an effective way to handle this naturally and that is by using a natural predator. There are those insects that won’t harm our plants but will take care of that pest that do. That would include the ladybug and lizards. There are various ways to attract natural predators such as using sweet-smelling plants such as dill.
Once the organic garden is planted, the main thing to do now is maintenance. That would include weeding and of course watering along with fertilizing. Eventually, you will have a beautiful organic vegetable garden all your own. One you can take pride in knowing is safe of any harmful pesticides.