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What is Permaculture Gardening?

Permaculture gardening is a natural way of making use of biological and ecological principles. Permaculture mimics how nature works and takes into consideration the elements such as soil, climate, living structures, plants, animals, weather and more. This type of gardening increases production and yield, labor and waste is reduced and the environment is restored to its natural state.

Permaculture and Gardening

One of the best things about this type of gardening is that it can be incorporated in different environments – urban or rural – in any size. Even indoor or container gardens can use the principles of permaculture gardening.

In order to be successful in incorporating permaculture to your gardening habits, you should have the knowledge how to create a healthy environment. This environment should have the elements beneficial to the system and they have give and take relationships.

Recycling is an important concept in permaculture. You must learn how nutrients are replenished back to the garden without adding fertilizer to soil.

Planning of the Garden

The first task would be to identify how to fit your yard to the existing environment. It is essential that your yard should mimic nature. You can also decide on the garden size.

You can have it in your balcony or patio or it can be a portion of your traditional garden with additional features. Starting with small parts of the garden is ideal before expanding it once you have mastered the concepts of the gardening principles.

Diversity is also an essential part of permaculture. In agricultural farms, large quantities of one crop are produced but in permaculture gardens varying crops and animals have relationships that are beneficial for the environment.

If one plant is attacked by a pest or a disease, then there is a method that protects or defends it naturally before the whole plan is destroyed.

Evaluation is also important because it will lead to design and implementation of your garden. Then this will determine the success of your garden.

One should also have patterns in their garden. These patterns can reduce waste and you can also have shapes such as spiral or wave that look natural.

Also this type of gardening makes use of layers that could save spaces. Planting different crops in one soil bed can optimize the use of space and implement diversity in your healthy ecosystem.

If you use your resources – food, energy, materials, shelter, non-materials – wisely, then there is possibility you can received more than you use. These gardening practices make you more productive but with less effort and at the same time preserving the environment for future generations.

There are many books, online blogs and websites that could help you in improving your permaculture practices. You can start by planting your crops, raise farm animals and make use of the concept of recycling. Anyone can benefit from permaculture as long as you have the right knowledge and right tools.

This type of gardening can be rewarding and enjoyable experience. You bring balance and harmony to the environment and your garden by incorporating the principles to your garden.

Potato: Excellent Choice for Organic Garden  2

gardeningDue to the high prices of organic vegetables in the market, many homeowners choose to grow their own organic garden at their backyard. One of the popular choices is potato. Potatoes grow easily and they are also nutritious.

It would be a great feeling to harvest your own vegetables. You don’t have to spend time and money going to the market. You can just pick potatoes from your backyard and you have fresh and healthy supply for your dish.

Another great thing about potatoes is that you can make them grown anywhere. You can use big terracotta pots, unused barrels and old dustbins. If you start to plant your crop in spring, then you can have an abundant supply as fall arrives.

Set the Garden

Before you plant your potato, you must first check the soil if it’s too cold or moist because potatoes will not grow in this condition. Spring or early summer is the best time to start growing your crops.

They need enough sunlight in order to grow healthy. There are three different methods to plant your potatoes – container method, trench method and scatter method.

  • Container method–This method makes use of container large enough to support potato plants. However, this will limit the nutrients your plants will get from the soil.
  • Trench method–This method involves shallow channel where you will put your potatoes and fill it up with soil. Keep nurturing your potatoes until they grow.
  • Scatter method – This method requires you to scatter your potatoes around your garden. Also it involves mulching.

The best way for your potatoes to grow healthy is to water them regularly. This will give them enough nutrients in order to expand their roots and grow strong. Also make sure your soil is fertile.

When you have chosen the location of your potato garden, mix the soil with organic matter in order to condition it. Avoid using chemical fertilizer since you are aiming for healthy food.garden

Keep the “Eyes”

Potatoes are way different from other organic vegetables because they do not have seeds. They are planted as a whole potato with 2-3 eyes. The eyes will serve as opening for new potatoes to grow.

You can bury the crop as a whole or chop it into large pieces. Scatter them around the ground but make sure each has eyes. If you follow these steps properly, you can have supply of potatoes in just 2-3 months.

With potatoes growing in your backyard, you can have your own fried or mashed potatoes for your family. If you produce tasty and fresh potatoes, you can even sell them in the local market.

You can research more about improving the supply of you potatoes if you continue to sell it. This could be a great way to earn money.

Organic garden is beneficial these days as the preserved foods have been a popular choice of many but impose threat to the body. Organic foods are still beneficial not only to your health but also to your budget. Following the tips above will grant you with fresh and healthy supply of potatoes all-year round.

Gardening Tips 102: How Important is Soil Preparation?  1

Gardening is definitely one of the favorite recreational activities by many homeowners. They love taking care of their plants and decorate their backyard with colorful flowers.

Gardening makes people relax and even spend quality time with family. So in order to have a healthy and blooming garden all-year round, one must know the basic gardening procedure – preparing the soil.gardening

Soil fertility is very essential for many types of garden. Plants get the nutrients in the soil in order to grow healthy, to increase their immunity against pests and to survive. It is advisable that one has to use organic fertilizer for the fertility of the soil.

These organic components come from animals, plants or other mineral resources and will provide all the nutrients the plants need. One advantage of using organic materials is that they don’t impose any harm to the composition and natural activities in the soil, they will only make improvements.

Making your soil healthy and fertile is not achieved instantly. As a gardener, one must know that it is a long process. So when you are planning your gardening project, you have to start with tending the soil.

One very common mistake most gardeners commit is that they overlook the importance of conditioning the soil. Some start planting and tending the soil for later. This is definitely not a good habit if you are thriving for a healthy organic garden.

Soil should come next after you have chosen the location. Soil is the one you can alter with organic components in order to improve the garden and make it an ideal place for your plants.

The physical appearance of the soil might not be appealing for us but inside there are interesting activities that make this soil a very important ingredient for a bountiful garden. Soil is the very foundation for a successful garden so one must make it a top priority.

At first, you might hesitate on investing your time, money and effort in improving your soil but at the end when you see your flowers blooming and your vegetables bearing fresh fruits, all your hard work will pay off. If you fail to pay attention to soil, your plants will struggle and you will eventually lose interest in gardening. Once you have established a good, healthy and organic soil for your garden, the plants can survive even if you don’t tend it delicately.

Soil is composed mainly of mineral resources and organic matter is only 10 percent of the total composition. However, within that small amount there are microorganisms that turn your soil to a paradise breathing life to your plants. So make sure you prioritize improving your soil because it is a beautiful start for your gardening hobby.

Organic Materials to Improve your Soil

  • Compost

This is essential for the improvement of your soil. Make compost in your bin and make sure to compress the materials to speed up the decaying process. This will add some organic matter to your garden.

  • Peat Moss

This is good for sandy soil. It will improve the soil in order to retain moisture.

  • Animal Manures

gardeningThis is where the soil will get its nutrients. Make sure to use rotted manures rather than the fresh ones, they will only damage your plants. Apply it during early spring or fall for best results and make sure to dig them completely under the soil to avoid seeds from sprouting on it.

  • Seaweed

Seaweed will give trace minerals, potash and nitrogen to our soil. You may get fresh ones from the beach. They are abundant during fall but you must be aware how much you should get since seaweeds are important living organisms and many fishes depend on it for food under the water. Another option is you can purchase some dried ones from a local garden store.

  • Sawdust

Wood chips or sawdust is perfect for clay soil. They will make the soil bulk and make it lighter.

  • Green Manures

These are dried leaves that have fallen to the ground during the fall season. You can use the leaves of clover, field peas, oats, buck wheat and fava beans.

They will make your soil look bulk and enhance its aeration and drainage properties. Other green manures can give nitrogen to the soil.

These organic matters will surely improve your soil structure and your garden. These matters are the food source of many microorganisms such as earthworms beneath the soil. These earthworms improve the aeration of your soil and the waste products they produce serves as the most important organic matter that makes your soil healthy and fertile.

Gardening is not all about improving your backyard using your most colorful flower beds and lush plants and herbs, it is also about tending the soil which greatly contributes to the preservation of the environment. Preparing your soil is a basic and important step to start a healthier and productive yard.

How to Start Your Container Gardening  2

You don’t need to have a wide backyard to place your garden. You can have the relaxing benefits of having a garden even if you live in an apartment or have a small yard. Container gardening gives you the chance of moving your plants around your house but still harvest bountiful vegetables. As a beginner,you should know some basic tips on how to get your container gardening started.

First and foremost, you should choose the appropriate plants that will suit your lifestyle and budget. Container gardening is affordable, but if you don’t have the right knowledge, then you will definitely spend more. If you are tight in budget, you can go to a second hand store to purchase affordable containers for your garden.

gardeningIf you don’t have time to water your plants, then make sure to choose plants that don’t require much water. Before you place your plants, make sure that your container has drainage holes. Drainage holes are essential for the survival of your plants. These holes will drain the excess water which will prevent the soil from becoming wet and soggy, and eventually make your roots rot. If you think adding gravel or rocks at the bottom of the pot could reduce the drainage problems, then you are wrong. Nothing will prevent roots from rotting, only the drainage holes.

Let your plants get accustomed to the environment. Some plants easily swoon and die while others can take heavy beating. Let your plants adjust to sunlight, water and temperature. This will maximize the survival rate of your plants. This is very essential if your plants are very young or are recently purchased from a greenhouse or plant store.

For container gardening, you should know where to stop. If you placed many plants in just one container, then you just will increase the death rate of your plant. If you see your plants dying, then it is time to cut it back.

Make sure to pay attention to your plants in the container. If you see a plant dying, replace it with healthy one. If it suffers from a disease, then immediately quarantine your container.

Container gardening might not be for everyone but with the right knowledge and patience, you might find out that this type of gardening works for you. If your plants die, don’t lose hope, just remove it and replace it with a new one.

Benefits of Growing a Hydroponic Garden Today  1

gardeningSummer is the best time to start growing your vegetables. Many people today prefer eating straight vegetable fresh from the vine. They are convenient, inexpensive, and very healthy.

Organic vegetables are juicier and healthier than the commercial ones. Consuming your homegrown vegetables will give you satisfaction from all your great gardening efforts, especially during the hot season.

Many people today consider gardening as a hobby. However, some do get upset when winter comes because gardening will not be a seasonal hobby anymore. But no more worries, thanks to hydroponic gardening.

Hydroponic gardening can be bought inside your house when the first snow appears, so you can still enjoy fresh vegetables even in winter days. There are some amazing benefits from this type of garden that make it popular these days.

Gardening All-Year Round

Hydroponic vegetable gardening does not need soil in order to grow their plants and the environment is totally controlled by the gardener. Indeed, this is true for plants that are placed indoors which are away from the potential disease and pests outside. Gardeners control the nutrients being received by the crops, how often and how much they should receive.

If you have control over the water and lighting, then you can produce healthy plants and a large possibility of harvest. Many prefer this type of gardening because it reduces the frustration of fighting the annoying pests and possible diseases.

Environmental-Friendly Benefits

Hydroponic vegetable gardening uses recycled nutrients and water which is good for the environment. This type of gardening can make crops grow faster than the traditional vegetable garden.

Plants are usually placed in hang shelves and tubes so they grow up in a few square feet. This will definitely save space and most importantly, save the planet.

Indoor Gardening

Hydroponic vegetable gardening do not depend too much on the sunlight or rain, it can grow on its own anywhere and anytime. Many gardeners make their gardening inside homes using containers and artificial lighting in order for the plants to grow. This means that no gardener has to stop being a gardener once the winter arrives.

You will enjoy your vegetable garden all year round, and you have enough vegetable supply for the cold months to come. Many tools are available that you can use easily to get to start your hydroponic vegetable garden.

These are the reasons why hydroponic is such a trend. If you want to have a garden that expands until winter and does not need much of an attention, then hydroponic garden is the one for you.

Organic Vegetable Gardening Tips  4

organic gardeningOrganic vegetable gardening is very beneficial because it is safe for both humans and the environment and costs less or sometimes, free. If you are just a newbie in the world of organic vegetable farming or you are interested in this type of vegetable cultivation and propagation, you have to know a few tricks on this. I will be sharing with you not one, but three wonderful and useful tips in organic vegetable gardening.

Compost and Healthy Soil

The condition of the soil is very important especially in vegetable gardening. The soil is the source of the nutrients and water that the plants need to manufacture their own food. To make sure that the soil is healthy, mixing soil with compost is encouraged in organic vegetable farming.

Compost is organic matter (usually the remains of dead plants and animals or animal manure) that has been decomposed and is the key in organic farming, used as soil amendment or fertilizer. It is very rich in nutrients that plants need in order to grow healthy. It is also used to condition the soil for problems like being sandy or clay-type.

Compost can be commercially bought from organic farming stores or you can make your own compost if you want to, for free. You can prepare a composting pit at your backyard and throw everything that can be decomposed in it like dried leaves, spoiled or leftover food and let nature do its work of decaying things.

Companion Plantingcompanion planting

Companion planting is the term used in farming or gardening when two or more different crops are planted in close proximity to each other. These companion crops help and assist each other in the uptake of nutrients, pollination and the most important purpose for companion planting – pest control. Other factors that are necessary for successful gardening and increased crop productivity can be achieved with this method.

Organic Pesticides

Did you think that pesticides and insecticides are only synthetic, chemically-prepared commercial poisons? Think again. Organic farming also makes use of pesticides and insecticides to protect plants and vegetables from harmful and damaging pests and insects, but in a natural way.

Organic pesticides and insecticides are prepared from natural ingredients (mostly plant extract) to fight, kill or drive away harmful pests from crops. This is a very effective way to control plant diseases just like synthetic chemicals. What makes this idea better than commercial synthetic pesticides and insecticides is that the crops and vegetables that are used with it are guaranteed safe for human consumption.