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If you have been following my blog for the last couple of months, you will have seen several articles about my ongoing organic gardening experience with The Home Depot. I have been organic gardening for the last several years, with some plants and growing conditions being more successful than others. I am always on the hunt for new organic and heirloom plants and this year I ordered the Bonnie organic plants through The Home Depot online website. I have never ordered plants online before but was very pleased with the condition they arrived in. I can also say that these plants are THRIVING in my garden. Many of the other tomato plants I bought at a local nursery are nowhere near as big as they are even though they were planted earlier.
So, what do you need to know? If you can’t find organic plants at your local nursery, I really recommend you try out The Home Depot online and have them delivered!
Organic gardening tip: Seek out organic and heirloom plants whenever possible
Over the years I have put together a number of different garden beds to try my hand at organic gardening. Some were preformed wooden garden beds and others were just cylinder blocks or landscaping rocks that we had leftover from our patio work. I have tried amending the Georgia clay that is native to this area with bags of mulch and compost but have had spotty results. Clay is not easy to work with. The raised bed system I bought from The Home Depot for my organic gardening project was filled completely with organic garden soil, composted manure, and mushroom compost. I used a LOT but the plants I put into the garden bed are thriving and the soil mixture holds moisture much better than the clay does. That is important in the heat of summer here in Georgia!
What do you need to know? Good soil is vitally important to your organic gardening success! Splurge at the beginning of your project on a raised bed and high quality organic soil. Nutritious soil means healthy plants and healthy plants are less susceptible to pests and disease.
Organic gardening tip: Healthy plants need nutritious soil!
One of the things I love about organic gardening is that it requires more attention than traditional gardening techniques. You may think that sounds crazy but I enjoy going out every morning and checking out my plants. I look closely at all of them and pick off any stray critters that have decided to take up residence. Yes, this is sometimes extremely annoying! The slugs are already eating all my rhubarb leaves and there is a suspicious looking red beetle or two climbing around on my squash. My daughter does not understand why I cannot let the cute caterpillar live in my tomato plants. Um, have you SEEN a tomato hornworm caterpillar? They are gigantic and can decimate a tomato plant in less than a day! No, he may NOT use my garden as his own personal hotel! My husband chuckles at me when I head out to the rhubarb at 11 PM with my container of salt to kill the slugs that are eating the leaves. He looks at me with great concern when I come back inside laughing gleefully at my success and the death of the intruders. Organic gardening is a challenge but one that I feel is important. Knowing that I am keeping my yard, my food, and my family free of harmful pesticides and chemicals makes the challenge worth every single moment I spend on it!
What do you need to know? Research alternative methods of pest control so you are ready when the invasion begins! Organic gardening is not always easy but the rewards are well worth the effort spent on it.
Organic Gardening Tip: Salt will help you deter slugs in the garden!
My organic gardening experience this season is really just beginning. My plants are starting to thrive (FINALLY!) after a very wet and cold spring. I am starting to see baby tomatoes and have a ton of fresh herbs to use in my recipes. It is a huge money saver to have herbs at your fingertips whenever you want them. Have you seen how much the grocery stores charge for one of the little packages of organic herbs? Crazy! I will continue to watch over and care for my plants and I have high hopes that my harvest will be bountiful this summer. I am not always successful at my attempts at organic gardening but growing my own food has taught me to be creative in the kitchen…if I get 4 or 5 eggplant in one week I better come up with a few new ways to cook eggplant before it goes bad! Raising your own food through organic gardening is a great way to learn to eat more seasonally available foods. And, if I do lose my whole crop of zucchini to a squash bug I file that information away and work on finding a solution for next year’s crop (I want to plant a ton more herbs that have pest control properties). Then, I head to my local farmer’s market for a basket full of squash from a gardener that is more successful at organic gardening than I am! If you want some inspiration and ideas for your own organic garden, check out The Home Depot Garden Club board on Pinterest and if you have specific questions, remember you can ask an expert in the Garden Club Community Forum.
Organic gardening tip: Keep a close eye out for pests! Even the cute ones can mean trouble!
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Have you tackled organic gardening this year? I would love for you to share your stories with me!
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire and has worked in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging and freelance writing to share this knowledge with others. Learn more about her HERE.