Organic flower gardening sounds so healthy, both for ourselves and for the soil. As a beginner, you might wonder where to begin? Should you study up on pH balance? Oh wait, that starts to sound complicated.
Let’s take a quick basic look at organic gardening for beginners. Organic gardening is simply common sense applied to preparing your soil for planting. You want good food to come out of your soil. It makes sense then not to pour poison into your soil or on the plants that are growing out of the soil. Organic gardens use organic fertilizer. This is at the heart of organic gardening.
A half century ago, manure was a spring scent in most rural areas. The fact is that manure mixed with straw provided a perfect food for growing vegetables. The smell was not the greatest. Now you can buy sheep manure in nice manageable bags that fit neatly in the trunk of your car and that blend easily into your vegetable garden. This is a great way to jumpstart your organic gardening.
However, there is an even better way to feed your organic flower garden and that is with compost. You can have your own compost in a couple of weeks and feed your organic garden with your own compost. What could be better and more self-sufficient? The end result is called humus and it can be purchased already made at your local garden center.
Regardless of whether you buy organic manure, humus, or make your own compost, you need to add this to your soil. A rule of thumb is one inch of humus to 4 inches of soil.
After your have planted your seeds in your richly prepared soil, you can wait until the weeds start growing and begin pulling them out in what will soon seem like an endless chore or you can mulch your garden.
One of the best mulch is grass cuttings. Gather up the grass when you mow your lawn (and if the neighbors will let you) gather up theirs too. Cover the soil around and between your garden plants with enough of the grass clippings. This keeps the moisture in and smothers new growth. Or, put another way, this keeps your garden moist and prevents weeds from growing.
As the mulch decomposes, it feeds the flowers and vegetables that are growing. Meanwhile there will be more grass clippings and later in the fall, there will be leaves. Keep adding these items as mulch. Your flower garden will be well-fed and bounteous.