Tips for Successful Organic Gardening – Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
More and more gardeners in Minnesota and around the nation are adopting organic gardening and enjoying the fruits of their labor. A steady supply of healthful organic fruits and vegetables is the main benefit that gardeners look for when creating an organic garden at their home. With indoor grow lights, growing plants is not just limited to the outdoor space. Providing plenty of energy for photosynthesis, grow lights make it possible to grow vegetables and fruits year-round. Avoiding some common mistakes, including over-watering and the incorrect use of fertilizers, can make your plants grow even better and healthier. At Interior Gardens, we’re dedicated to helping you achieve the robust growth and high yield. The tips below are designed to help you reach your goals.
Proper Watering Ensures Healthy, Productive Plants
We all know that plants need water, but over and under-watering are some of the biggest reasons for wilted plants. Over-watering prevents plants from creating deep root systems, which are essential to their long-term health. Over-watering also tends to leach nutrients and lime out of the soil, causing poor growth and acidity. Finally, over-watering can wash chemicals, fertilizers, weed killers and plant nutrients off your property and into streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes. Such a situation can contaminate groundwater and, eventually, our drinking water.
Water your plants deeply about once a week and make sure the water goes deep into the soil and is not just wetting the surface. Under-watering your plants leads to dehydration. This weakens and stresses the plants, makes them susceptible to diseases, and reduces yields. Mulch can help with both of these problems. It helps maintain more consistent moisture for your plants, and helps prevent weeds.
Avoid Using Inorganic Fertilizers
Inorganic fertilizers contain too much salt and heavy metals, and prevent the growth of earthworms and soil microorganisms. They provide major nutrients, but don’t feed the soil. The bottom line with fertilizers is: You want to feed the soil, not your plants – your plants know how much to feed themselves. Excess nitrogen can decrease the number of flowers and fruits your plants produce. Even worse, excess nutrients can pollute our waterways. These have become “dead zones” in many regions where major rivers run into the oceans.
Avoid Using Too Much Fertilizer
Even organic fertilizer can be overused. More fertilizer is not necessarily better. The main idea is to maintain the soils pH balance. If your soil’s pH balance is within the correct range, then one inch of compost is sufficient for your vegetables and flowers for a whole year. Adding too much fertilizer, organic or inorganic only leads to excessive vegetative growth, not actual production of fruits and vegetables.
Plan Your Organic Garden Carefully
Planning is crucial all successful gardens. First, consider the layout of your plots and the location of your raised beds or containers. North-facing gardens in southern states and south-facing gardens in northern states are best. If your area is windy, you’ll need to find solutions for this too. Fencing and wind-barrier plantings are popular ways to block excessive wind.
Having water close by is just as important. Installing an irrigation system with a timer is a terrific idea. It will make the difference between enjoying your garden and being a slave to it. If you are planting trees and shrubs, check what their mature size will be. Mature shrubs and trees are difficult to move. Trees will grow and make shade and sun-loving plants and flowers can’t thrive in the shade.
Largest Organic Gardening Store in the Twin Cities
We have all the organic gardening products and expertise you need to make your plants thrive and attain maximum productivity. Drop into our convenient Minneapolis retail store to see our complete selection of organic soils, fertilizers, nutrients, pesticides, insecticides, leave washes and supplies. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you select the exact products you need. We’re always ready to answer your toughest question.