An organic farm or garden is a piece of land that is designed to make no use of any synthetic chemicals during the growing process. This means that all of the produce that is grown in the garden is done so using the tools that are given to us by nature, and research has found on numerous occasions that organic food is much better than the food grown by modern agriculture.
Changing over to an organic garden takes a lot of work at first, but over time the garden will require less weeding, less water, and will require no pest management with chemicals. Here we will look at some simple tricks to slowly turn a garden organic.
1. No Synthetic Chemicals Allowed
Using chemicals like glyphosate has become commonplace in today’s garden, but anyone that knows how the soil food web works will understand that adding these potent synthetic chemicals can lay waste to the many microbes that inhabit the soil, while simultaneously damaging the cells in the roots of plants.
Chemicals are not necessary at all, as long as the gardener is willing to work with nature rather than against it. There may be some exceptions here, such as if there is a serious pest invasion, but even here it’s always a better idea to try and find a natural method of removing the pests before turning to chemicals.
2. Make Use Of Leftovers
For those gardeners who also maintain a lawn, they will most likely take the grass clippings and rake them into a bag to be thrown away. But fresh grass clippings are packed with sugars and nitrogen that allow microbes within the soil to thrive and leaving the grass clippings where they’ve been cut will allow those microbes to naturally break down the clippings and cycle the nutrients back into the soil.
Clippings can also be added to green compost, making for a great way to boost bacterial activity within the compost. Vegetable scraps and any other organic material can be added to compost in much the same way.
3. Add Fungi To Roots
Mycorrhizal fungi are a special type of fungi that inhabit the area just around a plant’s roots. They’re necessary for a healthy plant, bringing back nutrients and water from areas that the roots can’t reach.
For this reason, it’s recommended to coat a seedling’s roots in mycorrhizal fungi spores before planting, allowing the fungi to grow alongside the plant and give it a much better chance of thriving, giving you more time to pursue other interests, such as learning a musical instrument or win playing online. These spores can easily be bought online and can last an extremely long time. Fungi are an important part of the soil food web, and without their presence, you might battle to keep your garden alive in the long term.
4. Mulch Often
Mulch is a kind of compost that is usually spread over open soil and around plants and trees. It protects microbes from too much sun, while also retaining moisture in the soil. Gardeners that make use of mulch can testify to how effective it can be at helping boost the growth potential of a garden.