Organic Gardening; Pest Control, Fertiliser and Topsoil
Organic Gardening had gained fame and information is easily available, which helps beginners to avoid a lot of garden errors. The most common mistake is not getting the right kind of topsoil which will result in the plants not flourishing to its full potential.
Similarly, the 2nd most common mistake is not using fertiliser (natural) even though it could be easily prepared using household waste. People also have misperceptions that pesticides are not allowed. However, when the pests increase uncontrollably, home-made remedies can be made using items that are readily available in the kitchen cabinets.
it is important to provide a plant with topsoil that has good amount of nutrients, can retain moisture and is also dark in colour. These 3 factors ensure that the plant grows well to its potential, and also helps the seedlings easily develop strongly from its roots. This is particularly important for the plant for the 1st few months because they require the maximum nourishment to grow smoothly. So having well nourished topsoil will ensure that the plant grows well.
Regardless of how rich the soil was initially, the nutrients get depleted. Hence, it is important to replace the nutrients by using natural and safe fertilisers. The most common method is to use a vegetable peeling or by-products that have been left out in the kitchen. One can also use eggshells, tea dusts, potato peeling and so on; they contain high amounts of calcium and rich in nitrogen. In case of an organic farm, where there are also small animals like goats; the droppings can be used as fertiliser. If you want to buy organic fertilisers from a shop, you can go for peat or cow manure, which are readily available.
Pesticides: as much as it is important to provide good topsoil and fertilisers, it is also important to ensure proper pest control is done. This control include right from keeping away goats to small insects and worms that feed on leaves.
Organic gardening is all about being organic, but never allow misconception keep you away from actually making a healthy and lovely looking organic garden.
Few Important Tips for Organic Gardening Using Aquaponics
Most people who start with organic gardening as hobby end up doing it as a full-time means of produce. There are 2 reasons behind it; they enjoy gardening and two, they see a good difference in health.
This is one of the best methods of organic gardening, as it combines aquaculture fish farming with hydroponics. As the natural system prevails between animals and plants, the plants in the garden thrive well. Precisely, the waste product from the fish farm is used to water the plants. This way, the plants get the required nutrients from the water and also purify the water so that it stays healthy.
As this is a very simple process, which comes with very little maintenance, it works best for the gardeners. Reports show that plants grow faster in this system, in comparison to those that grow on soil. For instance, tomatoes produce almost doubled the quantity of fruits when grown using this system. Further, as it has no weeds and pests, the produce is safe to be consumed. However, the water level is a crucial factor that needs constant monitoring. The amount of nutrients in the water should be enough to support and grow both fishes and plants. It is said that when maintained well, the crop density can be increased to about 400%.
It is easy to find materials for setting up Aquaponics system and one can also learn this method taking up online classes. It is always better to get trained at least on the basics before starting.