You’ve heard about GMO’s right? What about all the use in pesticides in modern farming? There are a lot of pros to organic gardening. Doing things like utilizing flowers and other plants characteristics to deter pests is a great alternative to using pesticides! And it works! I used marigolds last year around my summer squash and zucchini and had a minimum problem with squash beetles! Organic gardening can also save you money!!! Think about the money that I saved on pesticides last year! Or what about the money that you would spend on a bag of fertilizer vs developing your own compost pile.
However, there are cases where “you’ve got to do what it takes” to get your garden going and increase yield. I’m not going to try to convince you one way or the other but simply to review an organic gardening magazine that will provide a spring board for your knowledge on organic gardening. Whatever your opinion by educating yourself on many methods of gardening you can become a better gardener.
A Complete Guide to Organic Gardening
Can’t you feel spring coming? A tantalizing breeze is blowing through and it begs me to run outside and brush my feet through the greening grass. It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago snow covered the ground. It was a bone chilling day a few weeks ago, I was fed up with winter, so I took myself to the bookstore and went in search of some gardening magazines. I picked up Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac: A Complete Guide to Organic Gardening. I was in a hurry and didn’t have very much time to browse through the magazine before I bought it–I hoped that it would be worth the $9.95 I paid for it.
From the captivating glossy cover to the back page it is crammed full of organic gardening tips and tricks. Although I wouldn’t call it a complete guide to organic gardening it is a great springboard for developing your knowledge on organic gardening. Also, considering it is a magazine it’s a pretty good guide to organic gardening! Even if you are not interested in organic gardening a lot of the gardens that they present apply to ALL types of gardens.
Solving Space Problems With Organic Gardening
One of the prominent problems in gardening is utilizing space to its full advantage. Most hobby gardeners will have a minimum amount of space. So what do you do to make the most of your space? By using square foot gardening, which often coincides with organic gardening and companion planting, you can plant all the produce that one family will need in a 3×3 foot space! Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac: A Complete Guide to Organic Gardening gives you one such example that allows you to grow pole beans, corn, squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, and beets. Another method that is covered encourages gardeners to utilize their vertical space potential. [Tweet “Think about your vertical space potential when gardening to increase your yield. #SKCgardenchallenge #backyard2table #gardening”]
Solving Bug Issues With Organic Gardening
There are literally so many ways that you can prevent bugs with organic gardening and Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac: A Complete Guide to Organic Gardening gives you a great overview of many of these methods. A sampling include using eggshells, coffee, varying planting times, and using organic mulching materials. Another method is using companion flowers to help prevent bugs! I can tell you that this idea actually works! I tried it last year and had minimal problems with squash beetles.
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Discover Your Own Organic Gardening Style
You need to discover your own organic gardening style. The extent that you use organic gardening depends on the amount of effort that you want to put in. You don’t have to go completely organic as it is going to take some time to learn all the different techniques! By incorporating some of the suggestions for organic gardening you save you money as well as decreasing chemical use! Not only is the magazine filled with great tips there are also:
- Several sample organic gardening plans
- 10 easy to grow flowers that can help keep your gardens organic
- Interviews with pro gardeners who grow organic from seed-to-harvest.
- 10 Organic All-Star vegetables along with growing information and how to keep it organic
- How to get your kids excited about gardening.
- Good bug vs bad bug table
- Ways to extend the gardening season with cool season veggies.
- How to maximizing gardening space in a city garden
- Organic Gardening With Veggies
Harris’ Farmer’s Almanac: A Complete Guide to Organic Gardening is not a complete or comprehensive guide to organic gardening but it is an easy to read magazine that covers most of the topics involved in organic gardening and offers a great overview. You can then do additional research and maybe join an organic gardening group to learn more about organic gardening.
Here are some additional resources that will help you learn more about organic gardening:
Books and Magazines:
Organic Gardening Magazine beautiful magazine by Rodale publishing
The Organic Garden Book an American Horticulture Society practical guide and listed as one of the best books of 2014
Grow Organic some great resources and organic gardening tips, order organic seeds,
7 Secrets for a High-Yield Vegetable Garden an article by Organic Gardening Magazine details seven tips for increasing the yield of your vegetable garden
Crop-by-Crop Guide a comprehensive guide by Mother Earth News on gardening each crop
Twitter The GardenChat #gardenchat Although this is not Organic Gardening specific this group offers lots of gardening tips. They have a weekly garden chat from 9-10 EST.
What do you think about organic gardening? Have you ever tried using less chemicals in your gardening? What about using companion planting or using other plants or flowers to deter pests in your garden? Or maybe you don’t care for organic gardening at all–why? Comment below and share your thoughts on organic gardening.