Organic home vegetable gardens have gained increasing popularity in homes these days. Families especially the ones that have health buffs are won over by the idea of getting those luscious greens and ripe tomatoes at their freshest state as you are able to personally pick and pluck them up straight from your home garden. No more worries and questions on whether your vegetables come from a healthy source because you yourself are in control of their growth and produce. Here are some ideas and tips to help you in nurturing your organic vegetable home gardens.
In starting out, make sure that you have the space and a good garden location. Vegetables grow best with full sun exposure which translates to a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight in a day. In choosing what plants to grow, select the varieties that are more likely to resist diseases. This fact is usually mentioned in the labels and plant tags and pointed out in catalogs. Having plants with a good immune system will give you one less thing to worry about.
Speaking of plant diseases, it is advisable that you rotate your vegetable location whenever you can. As trite as it may sound, this technique actually reduces the chances that your plants will get infected. It has not been proved scientifically but the element of surprise is said to keep and mislead the infections from attacking your vegetables. And most importantly, keep your garden clean. An ignored dead diseased leaf can actually cause your home vegetable garden to have an infection. Taking time to pick up dead foliage a few minutes each day can help you maintain a healthy garden.
A good rich soil builds up your vegetables to be healthy and nourished so do not fail to check and fill your soil with organic material or compost at the very start. If you should find the need to fertilize your organic vegetable garden, opt for natural sources. Chemical substances could be very harmful not only to your plants but to you as well. You are ultimately the end beneficiary of your plants. If they are packed with chemicals then so will you. Your best source of fertilizer may be manure of plant eating animals such as horses, chickens and rabbits. Make sure that these are well-rotted. There may also be prepackaged organic materials that you can purchase online or at the local gardening shop. Make sure to check the label before making the purchase. Do not fertilize too much. Plants that grow at a faster rate are more susceptible to insects and disease than their slow paced counterparts.
Take time to weed. Weeds are a common garden foe. They not only cause your garden to look messy but they also attract unwanted insect pests. And we do not want insect pests because they are the main carriers of diseases transporting infection from one plant to the next. Thus allot a few minutes of your day to check on your garden and yank the weeds. It is way better to get them when they are still young and in the earlier stages. Pulling them out when they are fully rooted would be quite a chore.
Least not to forget is to water your plants well. Using a sprinkler is not very advisable as it can leave your leaves wet and that can invite disease. A good tip is to make use of a soaker hose that would carry the water directly to your vegetable plants roots.