3 Keys to Cultivating a Healthy Garden This Spring
The best approach to creating a healthy garden is to start by preparing the ground in the early spring. Your garden maintenance will be easier when the hot weather comes. Plus, you will love the quality of your plants. Here are a few key reminders for when you are ready to start your spring gardening.
The Right Fertilizer
Prepare a garden chart of the area for each type of plant you will be growing. Do some research into each of the plant's nutritional needs. Using natural types of fertilizer, blend them to meet each plant's required soil food components, mix and lightly turn into the soil. Using natural organic fertilizers will be safer for you, and the plants will thrive without getting burnt by harsh chemicals. Try to prevent the harsh chemicals from getting absorbed into the soil and the groundwater.
Use Pesticides Wisely
Some pesticides will kill plants if you don’t read labels carefully and make sure that your plants can tolerate certain chemicals. Using organic pesticides as well as companion planting can prevent you from having to handle poisons and your plants coming into contact with these harmful materials. If pesticides touch your bare skin, they can be absorbed into your body. Another concern is that the chemical pesticides will infiltrate a plant that you might ingest or rub on your skin. Bees, along with other productive insects, are harmed by chemical pesticides. Birds and other wildlife could also be harmed as well.
Picking the Right Plants
Heirloom strains of plants may be something that you want to consider. Better yet, buying heirloom seeds to start in a cold frame enables you to have control over the growing process from the beginning. You can be confident that you are growing non-GMO plants that have the natural qualities that you are looking for. If you are planting an herb garden, research its lighting and water needs. Many herbs are perennial, and if they adapt well to where they are planted, they will give you years of production with minimal effort.
By putting in an early spring effort into your garden, you will lessen what you have to do later in the season. By using organics instead of chemicals, you know that the footprints you are leaving are safe for you and are helping to keep the balance of Mother Nature. Another quick tip is to compost your leftover non-meat foods. It is great for making your growing soil naturally.