Organic gardening is both a science and an art form and as such it can be tricky for newcomers to the field. It is best to go about initial organic gardening efforts in an organized fashion, for there will necessarily be a time that will be dedicated to the learning process. With the proper information, it will be possible for new gardeners to avoid some of the organic gardening pitfalls. Here are some ways to get great harvests.
Create a Garden Plan
Like any other adventure, it is not wise to embark upon organic gardening without a plan. This could be in the form of a formal Garden Plan or Garden Map, or it could be a rather informal sketch. Either way, having a plan will provide guidance and direction. Some people are visual and so they like to sketch out a garden plan. Others prefer to write the plan out in textual form.
Soil Quality is Essential
One thing is for certain. The quality of the soil will affect the eventual harvest (or lack of harvest) in the garden. Those who are experienced at organic gardening usually improve the quality of the soil by mulching and composting. Always remember to feed the soil, not the plant. Properly fed soil will do the big job of feeding the plant.
Many people who do organic gardening feel that fertilizer is unnecessary. They point out that if the soil is properly fed then there should be no need for fertilizer. However, others do like to use an organic fertilizer. It is a matter of personal choice. An organic fertilizer can certainly increase the harvest, causing there to be more of it in quantity. The fruit and vegetables will also likely be larger.
Problem- Pests and Diseases
One thing that can totally ruin a harvest is pests and diseases. The awful part is that these two problems can strike very suddenly, while everything had seemed fine before. This is why it is crucial to keep an eye on what is going on in the garden at all times.
The above will definitely improve the chances of getting a good harvest at the end of the season. Begin the organic gardening endeavor with a solid garden plan. Bear in mind that the quality of the soil is essential to organic gardening success. For more harvest, some like to use organic fertilizer. Remember to take care of pests and diseases as they go along or they can destroy the garden very quickly. Keep doing these things diligently and there will be a good harvest to count on.
Marshall, F. (2009) Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening USA: Rodale Inc