Organic Terrace Gardening – For a Healthier You

Organic Terrace Gardening is on a rise since more and more people are now realizing the health benefits of organic food and how it is definitely better than eating foods laden with insecticides and pesticides.

You don’t have to be an agricultural scientist to begin a small organic farm right in your terrace. Start with something small if you have your doubts.  Many people begin their farming journey by planting herbs such as mint, coriander, basil and lemon. These leafy herbs also grow rather quickly giving you immense pleasure at seeing your efforts bear fruits so soon. Plant the seeds of the herbs in small pots and once they start growing you can transfer them to bigger pots.

The mentioned herbs are important ingredients in every day cooking and are therefore, extensively required in our kitchens. Watching the herbs grow will also encourage you to plant other vegetables like tomatoes, spinach, green chilies and more.

Organic farming does not require high maintenance since one does not make use of chemicals to ward off infections. However, the plants do require protection and this can be easily done using a spray that is a mixture of neem, onions, chillies, garlic and tobacco. So in effect, while you eat healthy you also breathe healthy.

For your organic terrace garden to be a success you only have to ensure that your plants are kept away from seepage and leakage areas and that they get enough water and sufficient sunlight for growth.

Now you can forget about running to the market every time you require a handful of herbal ingredients for cooking.

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What are Some of the Best Ways of Doing Organic Farming

Organic farming makes use of all the best practices that are available in this day of modern technology; these include traditional farming practices that make use of the natural ways of growing food. In organic farming, farmers are dissuaded from using chemical pesticides as well as synthetic fertilizers that are water soluble; they can make use of only natural pesticides (that are completely free from chemicals) as well as fertilizers that are completely natural. Plants, especially those meant for consumption, require pesticides and fertilizers for their growth and quality, and while organic farming recognizes this, it also rationalizes the use of only natural products for growing food plants.

What are the Methods used in Organic Farming?

Farmers who use organic farming for growing food combine centuries old farming practices with scientific knowledge and modern technology to produce food that is all-natural in its composition. The four main things that are used for organic farming are mechanical cultivation, green manures and compost, crop rotation ad natural pest control. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that organic farming relies heavily on the unrefined and agrestal means that take longer time to complete since they involve the all-natural approach.

An important feature of organic farming that helps with maintenance of ecology is crop diversity that involves growing different varieties of crops in the same place. This method helps sustain different species of benign and useful insects, naturally occurring microorganisms found in the soil as well as other components that are beneficial for the complete health and growth of the plant.

Organic Gardening Tips

Interested in growing your own organic produce? You’ll be surprised to know that you don’t have to be a farmer or have a large land to maintain an organic garden. Organic produce can be grown in a limited space with a mere functional knowledge of gardening. The produce will let you enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to giving you the satisfaction of being the gardener! Here are few handy tips to consider to grow an organic garden in your own backyard or terrace:

Space

One can grow plants in as compact a place as a container; all you have to keep in mind is that most organic plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight. In cites, this provides an easy solution to avoiding the expensive organic produce available in the markets.

Soil

The health of the soil is integral to the health of the plant you are growing. It must be ensured that the soil is frequently treated with manure, and organic matter such as vegetable waste, leaves etc. The soil must be regularly turned to allow aeration. It’s a good practice to test the soil for common toxic materials like lead before you start out.

Seed

Choose your seeds according to the seasons that would support their growth. Plants like that of tomato, grow better in warm temperature while leafy greens require lesser sunlight per day.

Tools

Now all you need to work the magic are the handy tools from your basic gardening kit – the spade, garden fork and the trowel.