3 Secrets to starting an organic garden

by Roger Snyder 06/20/2022

Starting your own organic garden is simpler than you might expect. Organic gardening is no more expensive nor labor-intensive than other gardening methods, and it’s a great way to live sustainably.

So, how do you get started with organic gardening?

Mulch

Mulch is the foundation of any successful organic garden. A layer of natural mulch provides many benefits, including maintaining soil moisture and preventing weeds. The organic matter in mulch also gradually breaks down to improve soil fertility, creating a sustainable loop of benefit for your plants.

Compost & other natural fertilizers

If you have a compost pile or compost bin, you have a free and readily available source of natural fertilizer for your organic garden. Not only will compost improve the soil structure in your garden, it provides essential nutrients your plants need to thrive.

Other natural fertilizers like compost tea and worm casings are just as effective as synthetic fertilizers and perfect for organic gardening. Compost tea is made from soaking fresh compost to create a potent liquid fertilizer. Worm casings are earthworm droppings, which provide important nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus to your garden soil.

Organic pest control

Pests can pose a problem for any type of garden, but to keep your garden organic, it’s crucial to use natural pest control methods instead of synthetic pesticides. Many chemical pesticides kill beneficial insects and other helpful critters in addition to the pests, which only hurts your organic garden over time.

Instead, try natural methods of pest control, like adding plants with natural pest repelling properties. There are organic powders and sprays available to help as well, but the best defense against pests is keeping your soil healthy with mulch, composting and plenty of sun.

There are many aspects to creating and maintaining a successful organic garden. Remembering these important tips will help you whether you’re growing flowers, herbs or organic vegetables.

About the Author
Author

Roger Snyder

As a Miami native, Roger understands the local market and neighborhoods like few other agents can. Roger takes the time to listen to his clients, and they appreciate his friendly, honest, and practical approach. His background enables him to navigate the social and technical aspects of the marketplace. Roger offers an informed and efficient service and strives to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible for his clients. 

After graduating from South Miami High School, Roger enlisted in the United States Air Force and attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a degree in industrial technology. Roger went on to enjoy a career with the Department of Defense, and has held executive positions in sales, engineering, marketing, and business development before transitioning into real estate. His interdisciplinary background enables him to better understand the dynamics of today’s real estate environment and clients appreciate his friendly, candid and hands-on business style.

During his free time, Roger is a dedicated father, volunteer, coach handyman and backyard mechanic. He is committed to giving back to the community serving as a Foundation Board Member of Community Health of South Florida, and is the Frist Vice Commander of the American Legion Post 133 and is the Post Commander of Post 243 of the Jewish War Veterans.