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Organic Gardening is About More Than Plants and Produce

Organic Gardening is About More Than Plants and Produce

Posted by Jaci Cutforth on Aug 6th 2020

If you're keen to enjoy the benefits of an organic garden, it's only natural that your first thoughts will revolve around the plants you want to grow. In reality, though, this way of life extends to a far wider range of issues. Consequently, then, only a comprehensive strategy can unlock the desired results.

Here are five additional features that should be included in your strategy for an organic and healthy garden.

1. Eco-Friendly Maintenance

When your garden is home to a lot of plants, trees, and shrubs, they will require maintenance. In many cases, it may be necessary to call an expert. Using a tree removal company, for example, that uses greener practices and tools is essential. Otherwise, all subsequent choices will feel redundant. On a similar note, any waste you create as a result of DIY garden maintenance should be disposed of in the correct manner. Green living means thinking about your impact on the outside world, not just the situation inside your home.

Use the waste from your trees to make wood chips for a wonderful garden mulch. They will supress weeds, hold in moisture, and prevent erosion. You can also grow mushrooms in them! Part of being organic and green is getting the most use out of the things you use. If something can be used for multiple purposes then by all means do! 

2. Strategic Storage

It's easy for homeowners to overlook key features of the overall blueprint. Storage facilities are perhaps the most commonly ignored items. However, well-organized garden storage spaces require less room and leave less clutter in the yard. Moreover, the choice of materials for the shed or other storage facility can aid or harm the overall strategy. In addition to the direct rewards, getting the organizational features under control will aid your mindset. Underestimate this at your peril.

Many times you can find lumber onn craigs list or facebook that is left over from someone elses project. This is a great way to keep the material out of the landfill. Furthermore you can often repurpose lumber into new projects. We made two veggie washing tables from reclaimed wood. As an extra bonus- it cost far less!

3. Wildlife Support

If you are growing fruit and veg in the garden, you want to make an environment that is inviting to good bugs and wildlife that will help you keep the bad bugs under control. This is a major aspect of organic gardening. We would not have the success that we do in our gardens if it weren't for the help of all the beneficial wildlife. 

Birds are big consumers of bugs so it is wise to provide some of their needs to ensure they hang around our gardens. Bird feeders and birdbaths are particularly good investments as they take up minimal room while adding a great deal of beauty and the much needed water for the birds. When birds enter the garden, their gentle songs will enhance the ambiance, which subsequently makes you spend more time in the yard.

Birds are not the only creatures that will help eliminate those bad bugs, toads, spiders, and even snakes will all make a good dent in any bad bugs. These little creatures need water as well so don't forget to add some water sources on ground level.

Last but not least remember the little pollinators and insects that not only prey on bad bugs but also help pollinate our gardens. Bees, butterflies, parasitic wasps, and other beneficial insect will also benefit from water sources in your garden. And don't forget some flowers to provide them some lunch!

4. Solar Energy

Organic living is largely focused on the idea of reducing your carbon footprint. Therefore, it's impossible to get this right without considering the impact of energy consumption. The installation of roof solar panels will transform the situation in the garden and the home itself. However, garden lights that are powered by solar energy are also good options. They make the garden's electricity usage self-sufficient, meaning you can spend more time out here without any guilt. Lighting also allows you to use the garden in the evenings. Beyond the practical use we can't overlook the beauty that lighting features can add to you garden space. Solar garden lighting is inexpensive and easy to find.

5. Furniture Choices

Any homeowner that is serious about utilizing their garden to its full potential will have a designated seating area. This could be a simple deck or a patio. Either way, the right choice of furniture is vital. Rattan furniture or other pieces made from natural and sustainable goods offer a good starting point. For the very best results, you may wish to use upcycling to turn old pallets into furniture. It's a simple job that can fill you with an immense level of self-satisfaction. When used in conjunction with some of the other concepts above, the organic mindset will be yours. And once those habits are formed, you won't look back!

So how many of these ideas do you use? Do you have any other ideas? An organic mindset is beneficial to both our garden and the over all health of the environment. Thanks for choosing organic!

Happy planting,

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