How to Maintain Your Organic Garden

Stacy Stine Cary spent two decades as an owner and administrator at Patland Oil Co., an independent oil and gas exploration operation. More recently, Stacy Cary served as a partner at Family Focus. When she is not working, Stacy Cary enjoys cooking with and growing organic vegetables.

As organic gardening continues to grow in popularity, there are a few tips gardeners should keep in mind to ensure a successful garden. Mulching is of vital importance in an organic garden. A one to two inch layer of mulch provides crops with many benefits, including a decrease in weeds and fungal disease spores. By using mulch made from organic materials, gardeners can increase the levels of organic matter present in the soil.

Deciding on a method of rotation is another important step to take with an organic garden. Planting the same crops in the same boxes every year is a surefire way to spread disease. However, gardeners must learn which plants belong to the same families, because diseases that affect tomatoes, for example, can be equally deadly to potatoes and peppers.

Finally, natural plant food is the lifeblood of an organic garden. Well-rotted animal manure is a great natural food for vegetables. For gardeners without immediate access to manure, there is a variety of organic materials available for purchase online or at a gardening center.

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