3 Common Mistakes When Planting a Natural, Organic Garden

Natural organic gardening can be exciting and fun to do and has many benefits mentally, physically and environmentally. But some people may run into the most common mistakes when starting their own natural, organic gardens at home.

Overcrowding

Although it sounds obvious, even experienced gardeners will tell you that every now and again, they succumb to the temptation to try to grow more in the space that they have. Perhaps it’s because seed packets typically come with generous amounts of seeds. So it’s tempting to raise more plants than you actually need. And when first planted, they’ll look like they’re growing really well so you don’t notice the issue right away. It’s only as the plants start to reach their full size that the problems start. As each plant’s root system starts to compete with it’s neighbors for water and nutrients from the soil.The plants fail to mature properly, resulting in a disappointing harvest. To avoid this, make sure you use the recommended plant spacing for the specific plant you are planting.

Ignoring Nature

It’s tempting to imagine our gardens miniature farms, with big areas of beautifully grown crops. It all sounds fine at the planting stage, but try it and it won’t be long before pests such as aphids strike. They like nothing better than a large area of their favorite crops to eat. But a little forward planning can ensure that Mother Nature is on your side. For example, it’s a good idea to mix in several different companion planting flowers which will attract beneficial insects such as Hoverflies. When the pests descend, these natual predators will keep them at bay, and your plants will thank you. If pests strike early in your area, remember to include some of the early-flowering companions – a few onions, garlic, or carrots left in the ground from last year and allowed to flower provide an excellent first source of nectar to attract nature’s defenders. Scientific studies have shown that mixing up crop families helps to confuse flying insect pests, but for some crops it’s necessary to use further protective measures.

Planting Everything at the Same Time

The old adage ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ is good advice for vegetable gardeners. Planting out all your tender crops at once can be disastrous if there’s a sudden late frost. Similarly, transplanting pea seedlings only to have birds and slugs eat them all is all too common. The best method is to sow seeds in small batches every 2 or 3 weeks.

Conclusion

1.) Space crops correctly

2.) Attract beneficial insects

3.) Sow in batches every 2-3 weeks

Of course, there’s much more to organic gardening success than just these threet tips. But by avoiding these common mistakes you’ll give yourself the very best chance of success in your natural, organic garden, and be off to a great start.

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